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What is Counterresistance?

Psychotherapy is an intense, anxiety-producing experience for both of the participants. Although the difficulties for the client have been well documented in the literature, it is only in recent years that the therapists personal dynamics as a crucial variable in the process and in the outcome of therapy have been addressed (Viederman, 1991). Inasmuch as psychotherapy is now being conceptualized as an interactional event with two vulnerable, imperfect human beings constantly influencing each other (Boesky, 1990), the therapists role in both enhancing therapeutic progress and in retarding it is being more carefully considered.