Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors / Edition 1

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This book explores the role and experience of the therapist in the therapeutic relationship by examining countertransference (the therapist's response to the client) and vicarious traumatization (the therapist's response to the stories of abuse told by client after client). The authors address specific issues that arise in treatment of incest survivors.

Countertransference responses to incest/to dissociative processes/therapeutic impasses w/survivor clients/etc.

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The authors address the role and needs of therapists dealing with the unique challenges of therapy with adult survivors of incest and sexual abuse. They explore the experience of the therapist in the therapeutic relationship by examining countertransference and vicarious traumatization, outline strategies for therapy supervision and therapist self-care, and discuss the rewards of trauma therapy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393701838
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/17/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 474
  • Sales rank: 929,081
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Therapeutic Relationship as the Context for Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization 15
2 Psychoanalytic Theory and Psychological Trauma: Historical and Critical Review 35
3 Constructivist Self Development Theory and Trauma Therapy 55
4 Countertransference Responses to Incest 77
5 Countertransference Responses to Common Transference Themes with Incest Survivor Clients 99
6 Countertransference Responses to Dissociative Processes in Psychotherapy 120
7 The Influence of Countertransference on Therapeutic Frame and Boundaries 147
8 Countertransference Themes for Survivor Therapists 174
9 The Role of Gender in Transference and Countertransference 190
10 Therapeutic Impasses with Survivor Clients 212
11 Cotherapists' Countertransference in Group Therapy with Incest Survivors 232
12 Double Jeopardy: Countertransference with Clients Sexually Abused by Previous Therapists 255
13 Vicarious Traumatization: How Trauma Therapy Affects the Therapist 279
14 What Contributes to Vicarious Traumatization? 295
15 The Countertransference-Vicarious Traumatization Cycle 317
16 Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization Across the Therapist's Professional Development 336
17 Supervision and Consultation for Trauma Therapies 359
18 Addressing Vicarious Traumatization 382
19 The Rewards of Doing Trauma Therapy 400
Appendix 407
References 413
Index 435
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