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A cross-cultural study of somatic countertransference: a brief overview

Margarian, Adrienne 2014, A cross-cultural study of somatic countertransference: a brief overview, Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Latest Article, doi: 10.1080/21507686.2014.894922.

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Title A cross-cultural study of somatic countertransference: a brief overview
Author(s) Margarian, Adrienne
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Season Latest Article
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2150-7686
2150-7708
Keyword(s) somatic countertransference
clinical practice
cross-cultural study
China
therapist’s body
Summary Whilst countertransference is commonly experienced as feelings, thoughts, images, symbols and dreams endured by the therapist in relation to their client, somatic countertransference is positioned as embodied, physical manifestations in the therapist’s body. Common examples include headaches, nausea, aches, pains, sleepiness, sexual arousal, dizziness and trembling felt by the psychotherapist in session. Current interest in somatic countertransference spans the spectrum from the psychoanalytic, post-Jungian, dance movement and humanistic modalities to empirical studies originating from the trauma research field. Although the clinical literature emphasizes the therapeutic relevance and richness of somatic countertransference for understanding unconscious communications occurring in the session, trauma research advocates greater self-awareness and management of somatic countertransference to prevent therapist burnout. This article will outline the rationale and research process for proposing the first cross-cultural study of somatic countertransference. This study is suggested as a means to extend our understanding of, and ability to work with, somatic countertransference. Preliminary results from an initial study of Chinese psychotherapists will be discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/21507686.2014.894922
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062466

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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