I want to address a major confusion people usually have about transference, which has to do with not understanding how it is different from “real” feelings, because somehow there is a notion that transference and real feelings are two different things. They are not. Just because feelings in a
I’ve already talked about a great deal of denial in the mental health community about abuse of clients that takes place in therapy much more often than professionals would like to admit. The available information on the subject is very scarce, and, mostly, the only type of abuse of clients that gets some minimal attention
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
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.