Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To see who cited a particular article…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To see what papers cited a particular article, click on “[Who Cited This?] which can be found at the end of every article.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Lanyado, M. (1989). Variations on the Theme of Transference & Counter-Transference in the Treatment of a Ten Year Old Boy. J. Child Psychother., 15(2):85-101.

(1989). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 15(2):85-101

Variations on the Theme of Transference & Counter-Transference in the Treatment of a Ten Year Old Boy

Monica Lanyado

There are, inevitably, certain patients in our professional lives who affect us more than others. Not only do they affect us more, they actually have a very profound emotional impact on us. As a consequence of this, in order to help these patients, the therapist has to struggle to understand, and not become defended against, the powerful feelings that they experience towards the patient. It is these feelings that are the pathway to being able to understand the urgent, non-verbal communications that the patient is desperately projecting into the therapist (Heimann, 1956; Racker, 1957).

Transference and counter-transference are at the heart of any psychoanalytical therapy and are, ideally, flexibly utilised in every therapy undertaken, according to the receptivity of the patient to such an approach. Transference interpretations may be very rare in some therapies, but frequent in others. The likelihood is that regardless of frequency of transference interpretation, the therapist is using their understanding of the transference/counter-transference process to guide all their responses, verbal and nonverbal, to the patient. There are, however, some patients who enter therapy with an intensity of feeling and need that affects the therapist much more deeply and on a more personal level than others do. The anxiety that is immediately raised is that this is possibly unprofessional over-involvement and due to some neurotic pattern in the therapist which the patient unwittingly fits into.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.