Contact Us What is Countertransference? Transference and countertransference describe two commonly occurring scenarios within a counseling relationship.
It is one of, if not the, most important factor in any psychotherapeutic encounter, determining the course of the encounter and its ultimate success or failure.
The exact same dynamic takes place in every single encounter between two people and effects how they see and relate to each other. Understanding this dynamic is invaluable in navigating your own relationships; both in overcoming relationship challenges and in developing more honest and meaningful relationships.
We have developed a method to identify this transference dynamic in a tool we call The Transference Identification Tool. This tool can be used by the layman without any training in or previous exposure to psychoanalysis.
Watch the video or read the transcript below if you would like to understand this better. Transference Introduction Transference and Counter transference is a well-known phenomenon in therapy.
First coined by Freud inthe concept of transference was identified by Freud in psychoanalysis. So what is it? Transference is a projection of a relationship dynamic that you as an individual have, onto another person.
Usually this relationship dynamic mirrors the one you have with one of your parents.
So you either project your relationship dynamic with your mother onto others, or your relationship with your father onto others. In therapy this occurs spontaneously, but it is also prevalent in our normal day to day relationships with friends, bosses, partners and others.
Where it becomes really interesting is that when you transfer onto someone, they adopt the behaviour of the person that your transference mimics.
So in other words, if you are transferring onto the other person your relationship dynamic with your mom, that other person will relate back to you as if they are your mom — with the same dynamic.
This is called counter-transference. This explains why you sometimes get the same type of response from people that you meet again and again. Or you have the same pattern repeating itself in your romantic relationships.
Or at work, with colleagues or your boss. Navigating relationships are not easy. Often when we find ourselves in the same pattern with romantic partners, we consciously decide to behave in another way, or try to date someone totally different to the last person, but somehow you always end up with the same outcome.
Or you are sure that people are just generally selfish, or dismissive, or belittling, or nasty, or emotionally unavailable, etc.
The truth is that YOU are getting this result again and again. The question is WHY? The answer to this question is in this phenomenon called Transference and Counter transference. You know how you can look at someone else and see what their attitude is towards people and the world? Chances are they are not aware of it consciously and their attitude is unconscious.
It is the same with you. You think you have a specific attitude and perspective on people and situations, but actually there is something else, entirely different to what you think you are communicating, going on unconsciously.
It is very difficult to identify these unconscious dynamics and attitudes, and usually this causes an enormous amount of frustration and tears.
Or they say they understand but they react completely differently to what you want. There is however a way to realise what this unconscious attitude is that you are projecting out into the world and that is getting this repetitive response from others.
This is a simple application, using your imagination and works on what you are consciously aware of. I will use an example to explain this exercise to you. I would like to introduce you to Candice, she is an accountant at a big corporate.
Candice is continuously receiving an attitude from people of being unavailable. Her partner is unavailable when she needs him most, and her friends too, even her boss is unavailable when she needs to resolve conflict or escalate issues at work.
So there are two things that Candice knows consciously: When she needs help she asks for it. Everyone is unavailable when she needs them.Transference. One of the most important concepts associated with the psychodynamic tradition is the idea of transference.
Transference is a simple appearing idea that has to do with the way people understand one another and form relationships with one another. Cartwright, C.
(). Transference, Countertransference and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Transference, Countertransference and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Claire Cartwright In my training in the early s, I was introduced (not in-depth) to CBT, therapeutic relationship.
Transference refers. Within the context of movement therapy, pro- jective identifications manifest themselves in the TRANSFERENCE-COUNTERTRANSFERENCE form of action fantasies or enactments, as illus- trated by the following case.
The therapeutic relationship: From transference to alliance. Authors. Adam O. Horvath. A variety of conceptualizations of the relationship between therapist and client, as well as the impact the quality of this relationship has on the client, are reviewed.
Therapeutic Relationship as a Change Agent in Psychotherapy, Journal of. When examined from a transference or countertransference lens, the difficulties in the relationship or the impediments in the therapeutic work may come from past experiences, feelings, or relationships that are unconsciously being reenacted in the hour.
Therapists in consultation with one another may refer to transference as a general statement about the strength of the therapeutic relationship. In this view, a .