Countertransference and the Therapist's Inner Experience: Perils and Possibilities

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Countertransference and the Therapist's Inner Experience explores the inner world of the psychotherapist and its influences on the relationship between psychotherapist and patient. This relationship is a major element determining the success of psychotherapy, in addition to determining how and to what extent psychotherapy works with each individual patient. Authors Charles J. Gelso and Jeffrey A. Hayes present the history and current status of countertransference, offer a theoretically integrative conception, and focus on how psychotherapists can manage countertransference in a way that benefits the therapeutic process.

The book contains completely up-to-date data from existing research findings, and illuminates the universality of countertransference across all psychotherapies and psychotherapists. Contents include:

*the operation of countertransference across three predominant theory clusters in psychotherapy;

*leading factors involved in the management of countertransference; and

*valuable recommendations for psychotherapy practitioners and researchers.

Professionals in clinical and counseling psychology, psychiatry, social work, and counseling will benefit from this volume.
The book is also appropriate for graduate students in these fields.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If I had but one volume to recommend on countertransference to novice or experienced psychotherapists, researchers or teacher/trainers, it would be Countertransference and the Therapist's Inner Experience. Gelso and Hayes, two master clinicians and academicians, have provided a clearly written, incisive volume on countertransference that applies to all theoretical orientations and successfully bridges the clinical/research divide. I look forward to introducing my students to its conceptual richness and practical recommendations for managing countertransference in successfully conducted psychotherapy." - Stanley B. Messler, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

"This is an extremely well-written, well-organized and accessible book, replete with multiple case examples and well-selected quotes… Perhaps the best feature though is how ‘experience-near’ it feels; this is a book not only for those interested in the topic of countertransference per se, but for all of us interested in improving our clinical skills. It will surely prove helpful to a wide range of practitioners, from those just beginning their graduate work to those who are experienced clinicians." - Barry A. Farber, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

"In this comprehensive, even-handed treatment of the topic of countertransference, Charles Gelso and Jeffrey Hayes manage to be both clinically passionate and empirically dispassionate. Therapists, whether beginners or veterans, will appreciate the book’s practical wisdom and its consistent empathic attunement to subtle clinical realities. Researchers will value its conceptual clarity and breadth of scholarship. We have come along way since Freud first identified countertransference, and, as the authors point out, we need to go a lot further. Countertransference and the Therapist’s Inner Experience is a significant milestone on the journey." - Nancy McWilliams, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805860825
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 942,925
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Past and the Present: The Evolution of Countertransference     1
Freud's Legacy: Ambivalence     2
Conceptions of Countertransference     4
The Past and the Present     12
Where Are We Now? Points of Convergence and Contention     15
Conclusion     22
An Integrative Conception of Countertransference     23
Defining Countertransference: What It Is and What It Is Not     25
Some Key Distinctions     30
The Structure of Countertransference     42
Conclusion     48
Countertransference Within Different Theoretical Stances     50
Countertransference in the Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches     51
Psychoanalysis: The Birthplace of Countertransference Revisited     58
Humanistic-Experiential Perspectives on Countertransference     63
Conclusion     69
Countertransference and the Therapist's Experiential World     71
Dimensions of the Therapist's Inner Experience     74
Objective Countertransference and the Therapist's Subjectivity     81
The Role of the Therapist's Subjectivity     82
The Therapist's Subjectivity: A Transtheoretical Approach     89
Conclusion     92
The Management of Countertransference     93
Preventing Adverse Effects From Countertransference     94
Remediating the Negative Effects of Countertransference     101
Making Therapeutic Use of the Positive Aspects of Countertransference     104
Conclusion     111
Empirical Research on Countertransference     112
What Do We Know About Countertransference From Empirical Research?     114
The Future of Research on Countertransference     125
Conclusion     127
Countertransference and the Psychotherapist's Subjectivity: Conclusions and Recommendations     129
References     145
About the Authors     155
Author Index     157
Subject Index     161
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