countertransference


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

countertransference

[¦kau̇nt·ər·tranz′fər·əns]
(psychology)
The conscious or unconscious emotional reaction of the therapist to the patient, which may interfere with psychotherapy.
References in periodicals archive ?
Taking the reflection about the concepts of empathy, transference and countertransference further, it is possible to meditate on some facts: as Freud could be seen, in the beginning of his practice, as someone who would put himself as authority in relationship to his patients, a lot of caregivers seem to feel like that regarding the patients they take care of, forgetting the possibility of getting in touch with the subject of his affections, as indicated by Ferenczi.
1 The interviewer's containing function and the transference and countertransference in the room
According to Kemberg (1965), the analyst views countertransference as "the total emotional reaction of the psychoanalyst to the patient in the treatment situation" (p.
Countertransference (CT) issues can significantly influence trainees' development and their growth as counselors.
Psychodynamic approaches consider managing countertransference to be a therapeutic intervention, even when psychotherapy is not explicitly being carried out.
This may include being aware of countertransference in the session, which has been described as having the potential to negatively affect the counseling relationship (Gelso & Hayes, 2007).
From a subjective perspective, countertransference refers to counselors' internal or external responses to their clients that are evoked by real events during counseling sessions or in the counselors' personal life.
An illuminating and enlightening overview of how transference and countertransference oscillated between sadism and masochism and, therefore, helplessness and revenge had been presented.
Countertransference may be present for the counselor, and counselor and client are each at risk of retraumatizing the other (Baum, 2010; Tosone et al.
Rather than identify countertransference as our stuff" resulting from unanalyzed conflicts, the doctor's unconscious experience is inevitably and importantly crucial in "reading" the patient's communication more deeply and accurately.
54) Countertransference has been identified as 'the term used to describe feelings evoked in the therapist by the client'.
The course was designed by the first author for clinical psychology students and psychologists trained mainly in cognitive therapy and other non-psychodynamic approaches, in order to provide a systematic way of integrating the concepts of transference and countertransference into reflective practice.