Consultant as Confidant
This article deals with something that is probably a common experience to every seasoned consultant but is rarely discussed in an academic journal. The authors are unaware of any research studies on the topic: the consultant as confidant. They discuss the role of the consultant as confidant through their personal experience and by bringing to bear consulting and other psychological literature. They also discuss why there is a need for consultants as confidants, the experience of being a confidant, violations of the role, and some guidelines for performing the role of confidant.
& Hershberger, P.
(2004). Consultant as Confidant. Consulting Psychology Journal, 56 (3), 139-145.