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Chapter 10: Understanding Transferential Processes within the Dialogic Relationship
‘You cannot do good therapy [or counselling] without dealing competently with the transference phenomena’ (Yontef, 1993). Transferential and countertransferential phenomena inevitably contribute to the way both you and clients understand each other and the clients’ problems; while transferential processes often impact upon the development of the working alliance and the person to person relationship. Here I will briefly introduce transference and countertransference in the Gestalt context and then indicate some possible ways of working with transferential processes in the dialogic relationship.
Some people have mistakenly believed (Kovel, 1991) that Gestalt counselling and therapy have no theory of transference. This is untrue. Fritz Perls and other early Gestalt ...