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The role of our own history in our therapeutic work

Kegerreis, Sue (2022) 'The role of our own history in our therapeutic work.' Psychodynamic Practice. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1475-3634

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In this paper I explore questions around the role of the therapist’s own history in their clinical work. Based on my own experiences and those of other practitioners, I look at the way in which recent developments in the field have changed how this is theorised and worked with, influenced by relational psychotherapy and by a greater understanding of the importance of the real relationship alongside the transference relationship. I consider how our own history influences what we emphasise or overlook in the work and how this connects with ideas about countertransference. I discuss issues around self-disclosure in the light of these considerations. I give particular attention to the role of our own adolescent experiences and to how work with adolescents brings these issues into especially sharp focus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Therapeutic relationship; personal bias; countertransference; self-disclosure; adolescence
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 15:33
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 13:19

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