Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.
Chapter 10: Understanding Transferential Processes within the Dialogic Relationship
Understanding Transferential Processes within the Dialogic Relationship
Understanding the Role of Transference in Gestalt
‘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 ...