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Attachment vs. transference

Posted by pegasus on October 8, 2010, at 9:47:41

I've seen my new T for 4 sessions, and I'm already in the thick of it. In my last session, I mentioned that I was still in that golden moment where I could not give a sh*t what he thinks. He thought that was really funny. I loved that he laughed, and I knew right then that the moment was gone.

We're talking a lot about my old T, who moved away on me. New T asks a lot about the transference, and clearly working explicitly with transference is the heart of his technique. I'm not opposed to that, and surely there is lots of transference from my relationship with my old T to this new T. And yet, when I think of that older relationship, what seems helpful about it is the attachment in it, not the transference of it. Does that make sense? I suppose attachment to a T is a form of transference. But that attachment is also healing and powerful, wherever it came from. My thinking is muddled on this.

What is to be gained by framing this as transference, and examining that in therapy?

- P




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