Recognize Your Own Emotions
Countertransference comprises the clinician’s emotional reaction toward patients and is universally experienced. However, many clinicians struggle to recognize and manage countertransference in challenging patient encounters. Because unrecognized countertransference negatively impacts patient care and contributes to provider burnout, it is imperative to understand, identify, and manage countertransference in any clinical encounter. This chapter describes a three-step model for conceptualizing countertransference. Its application during clinical encounters improves clinicians’ competence and satisfaction while reducing subjective distress. Pitfalls of this technique are also discussed.