The Power of Countertransference: Innovations in Analytic Technique

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A signpost of the relational turn in contemporary psychoanalysis, Karen Maroda's The Power of Countertransference, published in 1991, is perhaps the first systematic effort to integrate the need for mutual emotional exchanges, which may include the analyst's own self-disclosures, into an interactive model of psychoanalytic practice. Maroda's call for emotional honesty and affective self-disclosure had an immediate impact on the field and led Harold Searles to comment, "If we follow the example set by Maroda, we ...

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A signpost of the relational turn in contemporary psychoanalysis, Karen Maroda's The Power of Countertransference, published in 1991, is perhaps the first systematic effort to integrate the need for mutual emotional exchanges, which may include the analyst's own self-disclosures, into an interactive model of psychoanalytic practice. Maroda's call for emotional honesty and affective self-disclosure had an immediate impact on the field and led Harold Searles to comment, "If we follow the example set by Maroda, we shall be minimally likely to 'act in' our emotions in our sessions with our patients. They will benefit greatly as a result; we practitioners shall benefit; and the profession of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy will become healthier and stronger than it is at present." This revised edition includes a new Foreword by Lewis Aron and an Afterword in which Maroda clarifies her own position and comments on the evolution of psychoanalytic technique since the publication of The Power of Countertransference.

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Joan Glass Morgan
"We join [Maroda] on her own personal odyssey. Through rich and self-disclosing clinical material, she chronicles her development from a constrained novice who hid behind 'neutrality' into a world of intimate relating with her patients. We hear about her clinical failures, successes, and experiments with what is for many therapists the uncharted territory of countertransference use and disclosure. . . . This book is filled with compelling clinical vignettes and solid advice to guide therapists through the deepest currents of their own growth in the context of therapeutic relating."
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"We join [Maroda] on her own personal odyssey. Through rich and self-disclosing clinical material, she chronicles her development from a constrained novice who hid behind 'neutrality' into a world of intimate relating with her patients. We hear about her clinical failures, successes, and experiments with what is for many therapists the uncharted territory of countertransference use and disclosure. . . . This book is filled with compelling clinical vignettes and solid advice to guide therapists through the deepest currents of their own growth in the context of therapeutic relating."

- Joan Glass Morgan, Contemporary Psychology

"The Power of Countertransference is a remarkable and provocative book."

- Laura Barbanel, Psychotherapy

"There may be no single person who writes more powerfully about countertransference than Karen Maroda...literally packed full of the kind of acquired wisdom that comes with years of thoughtful clinical work...a must read for all beginning therapists.It is a book not just about countertransference but about doing and being a therapist. Maroda's challenge to the typical understanding of the therapeutic relationship has import for therapists of all theoretical persuasions...The Power of Countertransference clearly illuminates the complexity of therapy and the seriousness at stake due to the reciprocal power of patient and therapist on one another...this book may just remind you why you became a therapist in the first place."

- Brad D. Strawn, Journal of Psychology and Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568214313
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st softcover ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreward - Lewis Aron

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Myth of Authority: On Building A Working Relationship

Chapter 2. Motivations for Treatment: The Pursuit of Transformation

Chapter 3. The Unfolding of the Transference and Countertransference: The Drama Re-Enacted

Chapter 4. The "Real" Relationship Versus the Transference and the Countertransference: The Impossible Distinction

Chapter 5. Countertransference Techniques: Constructing the Interpersonal Analysis

Chapter 6. Countertransference Issues at Termination

Conclusion

References

Afterword

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    great work in the relational/interpersonal tradition

    Maroda's book is powerful exposition of the use of therapist's feelings and reactions in resolving impasses and bringing about change. It offers a well referenced and thoughtful approach to incorporating a more relational stance and interpersonal techniques into one's clinical work. Although it is billed as a textbook, it is more of a professional resource and is a worthy read. I'd even recommend it over her more recent work, 'Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation.'

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