Publication Type: Work in Progress
Authors: Jean Baker Miller, M.D., Judith V. Jordan, Ph.D., Irene P. Stiver, Maureen Walker, Ph.D., Janet L. Surrey, Ph.D., Natalie S. Eldridge
An African American woman, a lesbian, and others describe the complexities of this topic. Therapist authenticity does not mean that the therapist is reactive or totally disclosing. Instead, it means that the therapist is present, responsive, and real. Her actions must be based on the context of each relationship and on knowledge of the complex factors that foster the growth of an empowering relationship. Several clinical examples illustrate these points.