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Lott: Question about countertransference

Posted by pinkeye on August 4, 2005, at 13:24:47

Dear Miss Lott,

What should a therapist do when he/she develops countertransference towards a patient? Can she/he continue to see the patient? What if the feelings become extremely negative and they start disliking the patient? How are they supposed to handle intense likings/dislikings? ARe they supposed to stop all contact with a client if they develop such feelings?

In my case, I am now pretty sure my pschiatrist developed some intense negative feelings towards me. And he terminated me and stopped all contact with me. Initially he said he would even give me a referral etc, but then now when I asked for one, he didn't give me that also. And I think I really didn't do anything specific to irritate him too much. But I am very sure he somehow started disliking me and didn't want to have anything to do with me - and that also almost suddenly. I have tried to figure out what I did wrong, and I have asked him, but he never replies. I think I perhaps irritated him by asking few times if he liked me etc. But I don't think it is such a horrible thing for a patient to do things like that.




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