Researching the Survivor-Therapist Identity

  • Alexandra L. Adame
  • Matthew Morsey
  • Ronald Bassman
  • Kristina Yates


This chapter provides a literature review of past research on the psychiatric survivor-therapist identity as well as related studies pertaining to consumer-providers and peer specialists. The authors focus on specific issues related to clinical practice faced by therapists with psychiatric histories of their own, such as self-disclosure to clients and colleagues, stigma, fostering a unique empathy for client’s struggles, and developing ways of working with people that are in accord with the values of the survivor movement. Finally, we highlight literature pointing to the potential for a meaningful integration of the psychiatric survivor and therapist identities in ways that facilitate healing for others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra L. Adame
    • 1
  • Matthew Morsey
    • 2
  • Ronald Bassman
    • 3
  • Kristina Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Private PracticeBoulderUSA
  4. 4.RetiredOaklandUSA

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