While transference has been fully described in the literature, countertransference has been viewed as its ugly sibling, and hence there are still not as many reflective accounts or guidance for trainees about how to handle difficult emotions, such as shame and envy and conflict in the consulting room. As a counterpoint, this book provides an integrative guide for therapists on the concept of countertransference, and takes a critical stance on the phenomenon, and theorising, about the "so-called" countertransference, viewing it as a framework to explore the transformative potential in managing strong emotions and difficult transactions.
With an explicit focus on teaching, this book informs therapeutic practice by mixing theories and case studies from the authors' own clinical and teaching experiences, which involves the reader in case studies, reflection and action points. Countertransference is explored in a wide range of clinical settings, including in reflective practice and in research in the field of therapy, as well as in art therapy and in the school setting. It also considers countertransference in dream interpretation, in the supervision and teaching environment and in work with groups and organisations.
Introduction to Countertransference in Therapeutic Practice offers psychotherapists and counsellors, both practicing and in training, a comprehensive overview of this important concept, from its roots in Freud’s work to its place today in a global, transcultural society.
"Compelling reading, there is much for seasoned practitioners and students." Mog Scott-Stewart, New Psychotherapist
"As psychological therapists, what do you do with your thoughts and feelings that arise in the consulting room?
Are you more 'person centred', only occasionally telling the client how they make you feel? Are you 'relational', thinking it would be wrong not to share something of yourself? Are you a 'Freudian', assuming it is important to maintain that blank screen? Are you a 'Lacanian', who thinks it would be persecutory to interpret the therapeutic relationship? Are you 'existential', valuing phenomenology's bracketing/ the epoché? Are you more 'behavioural', and consider your experiences of the client relatively unimportant? Or, are you none of these? If you ever wondered about any of them - this is the book to find answers! "
Del Loewenthal, Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling, University of Roehampton, UK
‘A diverse and stimulating collection of essays on countertransference and the therapeutic process. Illustrated throughout with case study vignettes, this book should be a helpful resource for those wishing to deepen their understanding of the client-therapist relationship.’
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton, UK
Table of Contents
Countertransference in work with Individuals
Chapter 1: Between bodies: Working in the liminal zone with traumatised clients.
NICOLA DIAMOND AND PAOLA VALERIO.
Chapter 2: A therapist goes back to school: Therapeutic experience with three black boys at risk of exclusion
Chapter 3: A case of missing identity: Working with disassociation and multiple selves’ in the countertransference.
MARIO MARRONE AND NICOLA DIAMOND.
Chapter 4: Countertransference, Art Psychotherapy and the pre-discursive abject.
Chapter 5: CBT Versus the unconscious: Ignore countertransference at your peril.
Countertransference in the wider context in Supervision, Teaching, Group therapy and in Organisational work.
Chapter 6: "Impossible to do, but possible to say": using countertransference in the trainer/trainee relationship.
RUSSEL AYLING, EGLE MEISTAITE AND PAOLA VALERIO.
Chapter 7: "Just don’t get involved" - Engaging with countertransference and projective processes in groups
Chapter 8: Can Organizations Use Countertransference To Reflect?
Countertransference in Reflective Practice, Research and in case studies co-written with patients in treatment
Chapter 9: Countertransference in Reflective Practice – an Integrative Approach to Self-Awareness in Psychotherapy
Chapter 10: Countertransference in Research: An Intersubjective Reflexive Approach.
SOFIE BAGER CHARLESON
Chapter 11: 'The Recovered Therapist'. Working with Body Image Disturbance and Eating Disorders: Researching the Countertransference.
Chapter 12: Countertransference and the Chance to Dream
Chapter 13: The So-Called ‘Counter-transference’ and the Mystery of the Therapeutic Encounter