Managing Transference and Countertransference in Cognitive Behavioral Supervision: Theoretical Framework and Clinical Application

Jan Prasko, Marie Ociskova, Jakub Vanek, Julius Burkauskas, Milos Slepecky, Ieva Bite, Ilona Krone, Tomas Sollar, Alicja Juskiene

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Abstract

Dysfunctional patterns, beliefs, and assumptions that affect a patient’s perception of other people often affect their perceptions and behaviours towards the therapist. This tendency has been traditionally called transference for its psychoanalytical roots and presents an important factor to monitor and process. In supervision, it is important to put the patient’s transference in the context of the conceptualization of the case. Countertransference occurs when the therapist responds complementary to the patient’s transference based on their own dysfunctional beliefs or assumptions. Transference and countertransference provide useful insights into the inner world of the patient, therapist, and supervisor. Guided discovery is one of the most common approaches used by a supervisor and a supervisee to map all types and directions of transference and countertransference. Other options to map transference and countertransference are imagery and role-playing techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2129-2155
Number of pages27
JournalPsychology Research and Behavior Management
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords*

  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • countertransference
  • supervision
  • supervisory relationship
  • therapeutic relationship
  • transference

Field of Science*

  • 5.1 Psychology

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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