Therapist Self-Disclosure as a Natural Language Processing Task

Natalie Shapira, Tal Alfi-Yogev

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Abstract

Therapist Self-Disclosure (TSD) within the context of psychotherapy entails the revelation of personal information by the therapist. The ongoing scholarly discourse surrounding the utility of TSD, spanning from the inception of psychotherapy to the present day, has underscored the need for greater specificity in conceptualizing TSD. This inquiry has yielded more refined classifications within the TSD domain, with a consensus emerging on the distinction between immediate and non-immediate TSD, each of which plays a distinct role in the therapeutic process. Despite this progress in the field of psychotherapy, the Natural Language Processing (NLP) domain currently lacks methodological solutions or explorations for such scenarios. This lacuna can be partly due to the difficulty of attaining publicly available clinical data. To address this gap, this paper presents an innovative NLP-based approach that formalizes TSD as an NLP task. The proposed methodology involves the creation of publicly available, expert-annotated test sets designed to simulate therapist utterances, and the employment of NLP techniques for evaluation purposes. By integrating insights from psychotherapy research with NLP methodologies, this study aims to catalyze advancements in both NLP and psychotherapy research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLPsych 2024 - 9th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology, Proceedings of the Workshop
EditorsAndrew Yates, Bart Desmet, Emily Prud�hommeaux, Ayah Zirikly, Steven Bedrick, Sean MacAvaney, Kfir Bar, Molly Ireland, Yaakov Ophir, Yaakov Ophir
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages61-73
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9798891760806
StatePublished - 2024
Event9th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology, CLPsych 2024 - St. Julian's, Malta
Duration: 21 Mar 2024 → …

Publication series

NameCLPsych 2024 - 9th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology, Proceedings of the Workshop

Conference

Conference9th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology, CLPsych 2024
Country/TerritoryMalta
CitySt. Julian's
Period21/03/24 → …

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©2024 Association for Computational Linguistics.

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