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Countertransference encounters: the analyst’s experience of trauma analysis

ByArnold W. Rachman, Susan A. Klett

Sandor Ferenczi is a role model for an emotionally courageous clinician and professional who developed countertransference analysis for psychoanalysis. Changes in the countertransference encounters over the course of the analysis charted differences in functioning of both the analyst and analysand. Winston admitted he was expressing a need he has to rant and rave from time to time, and this time he used Adolf Hitler and the Jews as the vehicle. The Barack Obama encounter reinforced the idea that Winston's childhood had left him with enduring traumas that would never fully heal. Soma’s father, as in all instances of childhood sexual abuse, used his daughter to service his own perverse needs without any concern as to the effect his behavior would have on his developing child. Soma felt she had found support for her own conviction that children who report they have been sexually abused by a parent have had this idea implanted in their minds by psychotherapists.