Countertransference in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with by John Tsiantis, Anne-Marie Sandler

By John Tsiantis, Anne-Marie Sandler

This number of papers from psychoanalysts throughout Europe is meant to focus on the similarites and modifications among techniques to operating with kids and teens.

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Countertransference in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

This selection of papers from psychoanalysts throughout Europe is meant to focus on the similarites and alterations among methods to operating with childrens and teenagers.

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There are also a number of factors that contribute to the development of various types of countertransference reaction in psychotherapeutic work with adolescents. Some of these factors will be mentioned below. While adolescents share many of the features of children and some of those of adults, they also have characteristics of their own in their development and make-up which may make a particular contribution to the growth of countertransference. Adolescence is a stage of development in whlch elements from the prevlous, current, and subsequent phases are mingled.

1971). The child's expression of transference is direct and seemingly primitive, and his enUre inclination is towards action rather than verbal association, thus prompting the therapist in the direction of regressive responses in her countertransference. Other factors to which attention has been drawn are: The fact that the child is nearer to its unconscious process than the adult, that the analyst is continuously involved in sequences of action leaving little time for reflection, and that meaningN content is expressed in symbols and through action.

Countertransference gives the therapist some clues to the nature of the child's intrapsychic reality and to his experience in the family. The analysis of countertransference can be a useful tool for understanding the resistance of children and parents and for promoting a n understanding of the role of the family in the psychopathology of the child and the impact of the child's developmental defects on the family (McCarthy, 1989). Both Heimann (1950) and Racker (1968) imply that there is a need to deal with all the emotional responses induced by the patient, the patient's transference, and the therapist's emotional history.

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