Transference and Counter Transference Essay

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Transference and counter transference is one of most important aspects of treatment between patient and practitioner. In a clinical setting we do not always have the opportunity to have consecutive treatments with the same patient and as a result may not be able to acknowledge or notice these occurrences. It is not often that I have the opportunity to see a patient on a regular basis or even twice for that matter. As a result, it is not possible for me to notice or recognize any transference that the patient my have towards me. At times however, I clearly know the impose counter-transference & boundaries issues which patient and I experience.

When my patients are of similar race or age range, I feel a stronger tide towards them. I
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I was trained by my previous interns to being an active part of the process, and expected that this past internship was going to be the same but it was not. This particular intern was very arrogant, thought she was always right, and looked down upon me. She made her feelings clear to me and I really hated working with her. I noticed she really hated whenever I gave her any suggestions about treatments principle, even when the supervisor would say the same thing she totally would ignore it. The reason she felt this way, I think, was because she was an intern and I am an assistant. There was definitely a superiority complex/power struggle thing going on here. Maybe she felt humiliated by me noticing thing she did not. I certainly did not mean to humiliate her. I think she should understand, me being an assistant, that I am there to help her. It was not uncommon for her to forget things that I might catch on and let her know. That is what I am supposed to be there for isn’t it? In addition to observing, aren’t I supposed to assist? I am not saying that I was more knowledgeable than my intern but I was able to catch some mistakes of hers because I of my position as an intern. I’m sort of an outsider looking in on an interviewer and interviewee. I am able to focus on what both are saying instead just listening to the patient. Because of my suggestions to the intern, I definitely felt resentment from her towards me. It was definitely not a friendly atmosphere or a good
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