The Power of Countertransference by Karen J. Maroda download in iPad, ePub, pdf
It is irrelevant whether that individual has power or not, as it is all about unconscious processes and perceptions the client has. For example, if someone had difficulties with their parents or some other influential person such as a Head Teacher, they transfer without their conscious knowledge these feelings. Alternatively, perhaps your client is anxious about rejection and is keen to seek your approval at all times.
Alternatively, you may come to realize that you are much harsher with one particular client compared to the way you are with others. Rather than using the patient's transference strategically in therapy, the positive or negative transference is diplomatically pointed out and explained as an obstacle to cooperation and improvement. However, if the individual had a wonderful mother who was supportive and kind it is possible the client may see you as such. Such a client may be wonderful to work with because they have made a positive transference of these qualities on to you. The feelings that your client experiences in relation to you as his or her coach or to a colleague or manager is what is referred to as transference.
Therefore as a coach the concepts of Transference and Counter Transference are ones that we need to keep in mind. An example of counter transference could be where you are seeing the client who finds it hard to trust people as above. In this case the term Counter Transference is used to describe the unconscious feelings you may experience towards your coaching client based on the way the client is acting towards you. Another contrasting perspective on transference and countertransference is offered in classical Adlerian psychotherapy.
For example, managers, the Police or you as a coach. Transference and counter transference is something that is best addressed in your coaching supervision. The patient pressures the treater through transference into playing a role congruent with the patient's internal world. You and your coaching supervisor can explore this in relation to your work with you client and how these concepts may be acted out in your coaching. Transference and counter transference may seem like difficult concepts but they can be a useful tool that can be used in the coaching process.
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