What does transference and countertransference mean?
Transference is subconsciously associating a person in the present with a past relationship. For example, you meet a new client who reminds you of a former lover. Countertransference is responding to them with all the thoughts and feelings attached to that past relationship.
What is an example of countertransference in therapy?
Examples of Countertransference For example, a therapist may meet with a person who has extreme difficulty making conversation. The therapist may begin, unwittingly, to lead the conversation and provide additional prompts to the person in treatment to encourage discussion.
What causes transference and countertransference?
Countertransference describes what happens when a therapist gets drawn into the transference dynamic due to lack of boundaries or lack of awareness. (It can also describe a therapist’s independently getting caught up in transferring their own feelings to a client.)
How can transference and countertransference be ethical issues?
While often understood as a clinical issue to be explored in supervision, co-transference that remains unaddressed or is unaddressed inappropriately may constitute an ethical issue related to practice competence and the failure of the therapist to take reasonable steps to avoid harming the client.
What is countertransference and why is it important to you as a social worker?
The countertransference definition can be thought of as the clinician’s response to a client’s transference. Countertransference is an excellent reminder that clinicians are human beings with feelings and emotions. During a session, a client may open up and bare their souls causing a strong emotional reaction.
What are the types of countertransference?
Victor Altshul and I identified three kinds of problematic countransferences. These are the turning away countertransference, activated countertransference, and unconscious enactment. Each poses a different kind of problem.
What is transference psychoanalysis?
In psychoanalytic theory, transference occurs when a client projects feelings about someone else, particularly someone encountered in childhood, onto her therapist. Frequently spoken about in reference to the therapeutic relationship, the classic example of sexual transference is falling in love with one’s therapist.
What is transference and why does it occur?
Transference occurs when a person redirects some of their feelings or desires for another person to an entirely different person. One example of transference is when you observe characteristics of your father in a new boss. You attribute fatherly feelings to this new boss. They can be good or bad feelings.
What do you mean by transference?
Transference occurs when a person redirects some of their feelings or desires for another person to an entirely different person. One example of transference is when you observe characteristics of your father in a new boss.
How to deal with transference and countertransference?
Ways to identify and deal with transference and countertransference include being aware of danger signs in clients, monitoring self, and taking relevant material to supervision. Danger signs include the client ‘acting out’ or being very familiar towards you, or you feeling parental towards your client.
Is it important to take issues of transference to supervision?
It is important to take any issues of possible transference to supervision; this support can enable you to:
What to expect in a transference counseling session?
Expect to experience transference in counseling and discuss any concerns you have with your supervisor. The client places unrealistic demands on you. A client admires you and tells you how much you remind them of their best friend. A client displaces anger onto you during a session when talking about his abusive parent.
Is it normal to have transference in therapy?
In most cases, the client experiences unconscious transference and is unaware that they are doing it. The client’s feelings transfer onto you and may be positive or negative. Transference in therapy is normal. Expect to experience transference in counseling and discuss any concerns you have with your supervisor.