Psychodynamic theory and practice, introduction to counselling and counselling skills mike toller – birkbeck college, london, spring 2012 discuss your understanding of the theory and practice of psychodynamic counselling. Countertransference, which occurs when a therapist transfers emotions to a person in therapy, is often a reaction to transference, a phenomenon in which the person in treatment redirects feelings.
As spurling points out, the transference and counter-transference between a client and therapist are themselves object relations, but of a unique kind (spurling, 2004, p93) this is what makes the relationship between a client and therapist so special. Transference and countertransference: opportunities and risks as two practice to demand a cautious approach to the use of these phenomena in the work of therapy imagine my client does not like me, is always ready to find fault with what i do and is thinking of quitting therapy is it transference the simple answer isit might be.
Tudor and merry (2006: 143) define ‘transference’ as ‘the displacement of an emotion or attitude from one person to another person they continue: in psychoanalysis and other forms of psychodynamic therapy, transference most often refers to the displacement of feelings towards parents or siblings, etc, on to the therapist.
Transference and counter transference are not the easiest of concepts to understand and many new coaches find these difficult the term transference originates from psychodynamic therapy where it is defined as a client’s unconscious conflicts that can cause problems in everyday life. Cartwright, c (2004) transference, countertransference and cognitive behavioural therapy new zealand clinical psychologist, focuses on integrating ideas of transference and counter-transference into cognitive cognitive behaviour therapy 1 is the dominant therapy approach practised by clinical psychologists in new zealand and taught.
Client resistance to transference analysis is a crucial issue in the psychodynamic psychotherapies where transference is central to the work client willingness and ability to examine the client-therapist interaction include some of the following forms of resistance. Counter-transference it's not just patients who are vulnerable to transference therapists routinely (if grudgingly) also form transferences with their patients this is called counter-transference when this happens, to indicate that it is the therapist's rather than the patient's issue and responsibility. Client resistance to transference analysis is a crucial issue in the psychodynamic psychotherapies where transference is central to the work client willingness and ability to examine the client-therapist interaction include some of the following forms of resistance it may originate in the countertransference of the therapist, in.
To understand countertransference, it helps to tackle transference first transference was a word coined by sigmund freud to label the way patients transfer feelings from important persons in their early lives, onto the psychoanalyst or therapist. The terms ‘transference’ and ‘countertransference’ have developed a wide use in psychotherapy and no longer hold an exclusive association with therapies based on psychoanalysis these terms.