Transference And Projection Mirrors to the Self

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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This book describes, defines and demonstrates the clinical applications of transference and projection and how they are used by psychotherapists as 'mirrors to the self' - as reflections of a client's internal structure and core ways of relating to other people. There is an emphasis on understanding transference as a normal organizing process that helps individuals make sense of interpersonal experiences. There is also a focus on how to respond effectively to transference and projection in the day-to-day practice of counselling and psychotherapy. Comprehensive coverage of the ways in which the major schools of psychotherapy understand and utilize such phenomena is also provided. Theoretical principles are illustrated by lively clinical anecdotes from the authors' own psychotherapy practices.Transference and Projection is aimed at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychotherapy, counselling, counselling psychology and clinical psychology. It will also be of interest to therapy students in professional training courses and experienced clinicians who want to know more about this aspect of psychotherapy.

Author Biography

Dr Jan Grant is Associate Professor and Course Co-ordinator of the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) at Curtin University of Technology, in Perth, Western Australia. She is also in private practice as a psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is immediate past president of SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators, Australia), and is on the national management committee of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia). Trained originally as a counselling psychologist, she has over twenty-five years experience as a psychotherapist in diverse settings including private practice, schools, universities, and community mental health settings. She has published in academic and professional journals on psychotherapy processes, psychodynamic models, gender and work.

Jim Crawley is Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator of the Master of Social Science (Counselling) at Edith Cowan University, in Perth, Western Australia. He is also in private practice specialising in couple therapy and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy and he is president of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia). Trained originally as a psychiatric social worker, he has over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist working in adult and child psychiatric settings, university settings and as Director of a large counselling agency (Marriage Guidance Council of Western Australia). He has published extensively in the area of couples therapy, family therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Mirrors to the self: an introduction to transference
Projection and projective identification
Early development of the understanding of transference
Developments in understanding transference: psychodynamic psychotherapies
Schemas and scripts: cognitive
behavioural therapy and transference
The real relationship: transference and humanistic
existential/experiential therapies
The transference prism: couples and family therapy
Recognizing and responding to transference

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