Self-disclosure within the sport-psychologist athlete relationship

Scott Bradley, Lauren Tufton, Brian Hemmings

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This article explores the use of self-disclosure within the sport psychologist-athlete relationship. A summary of prior research relevant to concept definition, contextual factors, and typologies of self-disclosure is provided. The conscious use of self-disclosure as an effective consultancy skill, alongside both the organic and facilitative integration of self-disclosure is discussed. We then position self-disclosure within the dynamics and boundaries of a unique practitioner context, that of the sport psychologist-athlete relationship, using Katz and Hemmings’ (2009) professional relationship framework. This article proposes that future research into self-disclosure explores its integration within published models of best practice for consulting.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalSport & Exercise Psychology Review
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 2019


  • self-disclosure
  • sport psychology
  • relationships
  • typology
  • consultancy


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