For many patients, it provides an opportunity to gain greater understanding of themselves, offering a path to emotional health.However, some patients can't handle this kind of exploratory insight-oriented psychotherapy.Your browser is not currently configured to accept cookies from this website.
Insight-oriented therapy had pushed her into such a distorted transference state that she believed I had made love to her by staring into her eyes.
Once I realized that her transference feelings had morphed into dangerous romantic desires, I quickly changed my therapy strategy.
She can say anything to him and he doesn't judge her, but only seems to understand her better.
She feels safe and comforted whenever she sees him.
An effective therapist has the capacity for empathy and will experience countertransference feelings, but should not allow them to interfere with the therapy.
In fact, for psychiatrists who maintain perspective on these reactions and their distortions, countertransference offers an important opportunity to explore the patient's inner emotional world.
She daydreams about him and wonders if he feels the same special connection to her. She feels guilty when her husband asks how therapy is going, and tells herself that her feelings about her psychiatrist can't be real. Maybe she should just come out with it and tell him how she really feels, but what if he rejects her?
After all, she's paying for his time and damn it, he's never late with a bill, and there's no special discount for these special feelings. This patient's experiences are typical of what occurs in many forms of psychotherapy that focus on exploring and understanding the patient's inner psychological life.
It took me five years to actually accept that I had mental illness.
So when I met Gord, I’d had about four years of recovery under my belt.
It helps the therapist understand how the patient's behaviors affect others in her life, and how these distortions can create dysfunctional interpersonal patterns.