chapter  11
20 Pages

Countertransference and Its Management in Brief Dynamic Therapy

WithCharles J. Gelso

With this statement, Freud (1910/1957) placed the concept of countertransference (CT) into the theoretical mix of key constructs in psychoanalytic treatment. Yet Freud rarely addressed this construct over his long career, and in fact the concept was neglected for many years. CT was seen as something that was a hindrance to therapy, something to be done away with. Good analysts were considered to be sufficiently analyzed to the point that their work was not infected by this phenomenon. When seen in this light, it is not surprising that CT attained the status of a taboo topic.