The Therapist: Transference and Transparency

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The Therapist: Transference and Transparency


The chapter chosen for this reflective response is ‘The Therapist: Transference and Transparency.’ The reason for selecting this chapter offers insights on dealing with clients with transference and how it can be used to make the therapy effective although it is mostly considered a negative aspect. Transference occurs when a client transfers attitudes towards a therapist. In group therapy, the conflict that exists is on whether to make use of transference at the expense of other factors considered in the treatment process. Transference occurs in group therapies, and it impacts the discourse of the group.


The author knows what they are talking about because they are explaining in the chapter what group transference is all about and how different therapists use it in the treatment process. The chapter also analyzes different group transference distortions and what causes them. Group therapy is an approach where a therapist treats clients in a small group. This method is implemented with the aim of improving socialization as well as communication skills. It is through group therapy that the clients learn to accept criticism and appreciate the opinion of others. Transference is a common thing in groups where the therapist acts as the leader.


The content of this chapter is one that I can relate to because when an unpleasant situation happens, the feelings are indirectly redirected to another person. If for example, a child has a bad experience with his/her parents it is likely that they will transfer the feelings to the teacher or any other person close to them. The content on group therapy and distortions that arise when the therapist assumes the role of the leader. The content aroused the feeling of empathy on the therapist as they are faced with many challenges when dealing with the clients. The psychotherapists sometimes meet clients who have preconceived misconceptions about them. They, however, have to strategize on how to handle them effectively. In a group, therapy is more complicated because different clients will have contrasting so making them accept criticism from others becomes a challenge.


In conclusion, transference is an effective approach to therapy if utilized effectively. Group therapy helps in improving communication skills among clients and training them to accept criticism. The method, however, may make the therapist lose sight of the individual needs of clients. There is no similarity in the needs of the clients so treating them the same is likely not to solve their problems. There are those in the group whose problem is dealing with anger yet they are taught on how to express love or affection. By so doing it means that the therapy sessions will not be beneficial to them.