It would be an understatement to say that abuse in therapy is a taboo topic among professionals. The ignorance about the extent of client abuse by therapists goes beyond just not talking about it in professional circles, there is a complete denial that such phenomena exists. The most common response you would get
It is widely accepted among psychotherapists and their clients that the relationship between a therapist and a client, or the so-called “therapeutic relationship”, is both intimate and professional at the same time. I believe, that “intimate” and “professional” dynamics cannot co-exist in the same relationship, but I also believe that it depends on how one defines
In the previous post on Transference, I discussed the traditional definition of transference and how it undermines therapy effectiveness. I also offered a different, much broader definition that would allow therapists to see clients’ problems and their relationships with clients more clearly and realistically.
In the introductory article on Transference, I talked about the importance of making the concept of transference public knowledge. Now, let’s talk about transference itself, how the mental health profession defines it and what it really is. In the nutshell, the classic definition of transference