Therapy for Therapists

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Acta Medica International,2014,1,2,131-133.
Published:July 2014
Type:Review Article

Therapy for Therapists

Jawaid H

Chief Resident, Department Of Psychiatry, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan


Counter transference (CT) is a common phenomenon, which is encountered by many therapists during therapy sessions. This paper discusses possible underlying intra-psychic conflicts present in therapist, which need to be dealt before commencing therapy of patients. As problematic relationships present in therapist life can influence or worsen course of therapy because of inadequate responses that therapist can exhibit due to counter transference (CT). CT can be dealt by enabling therapists to recognize this process and to maintain patients’ priorities over their own needs. This can be emphasized in teaching or residency programs of training through therapy of a resident during training period. Constant and closed supervisions are required to note subtle behavioral processes going on in therapeutic alliance to prevent boundary violations, transference and issues like resistance.