What is countertransference?

  • (noun): The psychoanalyst's displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst's emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction.

Countertransference

Countertransference is defined as redirection of a psychotherapist's feelings toward a client—or, more generally, as a therapist's emotional entanglement with a client.

Read more about Countertransference.

Some articles on countertransference:

Transference and Countertransference During Psychotherapy
... Countertransference is defined as redirection of a therapist's feelings toward a patient, or more generally, as a therapist's emotional entanglement with a patient ... A therapist's attunement to their own countertransference is nearly as critical as understanding the transference ... For example, a therapist who is sexually attracted to a patient must understand the countertransference aspect (if any) of the attraction, and look at how ...
Tit Torture - Psychology - Clinical Issues
... Nichols (2006) compiled some common clinical issues countertransference, non-disclosure, coming-out, partner/families, and bleed-through Countertransference is a ... Feelings of countertransference can interfere with therapy ...
Modern Psychoanalysis - Theory
... retains the classical psychoanalytic focus on transference, countertransference, and resistance ... analyst's emotional responses (objective countertransference) will be used for therapeutic purposes but not until patients are able to hear them without narcissistic injury ... reads in part "The analyst was advised to use induced countertransference emotions as the basis for responses to the patient rather than cognitive explanations….The ...
Body-centred Countertransference
... at NUI Galway and University College Dublin have recently begun to measure body-centred countertransference in female trauma therapists using their recently developed 'Egan and Carr Body Centred ... High levels of body-centred countertransference have since been found in both Irish female trauma therapists and clinical psychologists ... This phenomenon is also known as 'somatic countertransference' or 'embodied countertransference' and links to mirror neurons and automatic somatic empathy for others due to the actions of these neurons have ...
Harold Searles - On Countertransference
... the pioneer investigators of the potentially useful role of countertransference, and of the therapist's use of his/her own self in treatment ... In his 1959 article 'Oedipal Love in the Countertransference', Searles wrote that he not only fell in Pygmalionesque love with his patients as they recovered, but also told them how he felt ... In his 1978-9 article, "Concerning Transference and Countertransference", Searles continued exploring intersubjectivity, building around his belief that “all patients...have the ...