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(SOLVED!) Do Therapists Experience Transference?

Not all countertransference is problematic 😊 For example, a therapist may meet with a person who has extreme difficulty making conversation 😁 Sometimes, the therapist will unwittingly take the lead in the conversation, and give additional suggestions to encourage dialogue 🙈 If this is the case, a therapist can point out the countertransference and help the person to better understand how difficult conversations can affect others. A therapist might have experienced similar issues to the patient being treated and may therefore be better equipped to sympathize. [1]
Transference has been defined as ‘the client’s experience of the therapist that is shaped by his or her own psychological structures and past’, often involving ‘displacement onto the therapist, of feelings, attitudes and behaviorsbelonging rightfully to earlier significant relationships’ (Gelso & Hayes, 1998, p.11). Countertransference describes the therapist’s reaction to the client in terms of both feelings and behaviourr Originating in the psychoanalytic tradition, transference and countertransference were once seen as fundamental to successful outcomes in psychotherapeutic treatment. However, over time, the emphasis has gradually shifted toward the ‘real’ relationship between client and therapist and some psychologists have even questioned whether the concept of transference exists at all. Modified by Shavondra Paiyton, August 5, 2021 [2]
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It doesn’t get any easier if you struggle to recognize transference in your role as a therapist. “In my experience, we get better at recognizing transference with time and experience,” says MyWellbeing community member and NYC practitioner Vanessa Kensing. “The longer we work with an individual, the more we are able to see patterns of emotions and interpersonal dynamics expressing themselves within the therapeutic relationship. Some clients enjoy listening to how their patterns play out both in the therapeutic relationship and outside. Sometimes, this can make clients feel judged or exposed. Transference is often a result of developmental experiences. This includes developmental trauma. It’s important to be kind, compassionate, not judgmental, sensitive to each stage of the relationship and the rate of development. Also, how secure and strong the bond feels. This will allow you to explore transference sensitively and in a way that promotes healing.” (last emended 9 weeks ago by Neale Ornelas from Nasiriyah, Iraq) [4]

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