Transference & Counter-Transference Issues
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Transference Occurs When—
- The counselor notices that the client is viewing the counselor through models that the client has for relationships other than the counselor-client relationship.
- Transference is most often noticed by the counselor when the client’s models are of relationships that involve parent-to-child or authority-to-subordinate transactions.
- Simply, the client sees the counselor as someone else that they have had problems with like a parent or teacher.
Counter-transference Occurs When—
- The counselor notices that they are viewing the client through models that the counselor has for relationships other than the counselor-client relationship.
- Simply, the counselor is reacting to the client as if they were someone that they had issues with in the past.
Transference Awareness Is Helpful—
- To establish and maintain a collaborative counselor-client relationship.
- Transference is helpful to discover client models of relationships.
- Transference is helpful to teach that more effective models for relating do exist.
- To teach how to relate to the person in front of you instead of to past dysfunctional relationships.
Counter-transference Awareness Is Helpful—
- To help the counselor stop projecting past dysfunctional relationships onto the client.
- To help the counselor to seek supervision for their past problematic relationships.
- To help the counselor to focus on the needs of the client, not the counselor.
Quotations from Scripture on Counseling
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” —Proverbs 1:5
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” —Proverbs 11:14
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” —Proverbs 12:15
“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.” —Proverbs 12:20
“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” —Proverbs 15:22
“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” —Proverbs 19:20
“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.” —Proverbs 20:18
“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.” —Isaiah 16:3
“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]” —Ecclesiasticus 6:2
“As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.” —Ecclesiasticus 22:16
“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 30:21
“A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 32:18
“And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.” —Ecclesiasticus 37:13
“Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every action.” —Ecclesiasticus 38:33
“Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.” —Ecclesiasticus 40:25
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