Beyond Transference: When the Therapist's Real Life Intrudes / Edition 1

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This volume recounts how personal events in the life of a therapist affect therapy and transference and countertransference. Leading psychotherapists share their personal experiences of the effects of life events such as illness, pregnancy, divorce, and malpractice suits on therapy. Through its poignant descriptions of life's intrusions on the therapeutic process, this volume offers guidance for therapists on practicing in the real world.

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How personal events in the life of the therapist can impact on transference & countertransference.

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Psychotherapists recount their personal experiences of how such life events as illness, pregnancy, divorce, and malpractice suits impact therapy and transference and countertransference. Some specific situations described are the patient and the therapist both divorcing, maintaining confidentiality in a small town, and a patient's anger at the therapist's absence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880483612
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith H. Gold, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., is in private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Gold is editor of the Clinical Practice Series of books published by American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

John C. Nemiah, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, where he is actively engaged in the supervision of psychiatric residents.

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Table of Contents

Practical and theoretical dilemmas of dynamic psychotherapy in a small community. The vulnerable therapist: on being ill or injured. The aging and dying psychotherapist: death and illness in the life of the aging psychotherapist. The therapist's absences. Countertransference and divorce of the therapist. When both therapist and patient are divorcing: the role of supervision. Pregnancy: the obvious and evocative real event in a therapist's life. Effects of malpractice suits on physicians. Countertransference reactions to a patient's sexual encounter with a previous therapist. Concluding reflections.

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