Transference is the unconscious transfer of emotions, feelings, and attitudes from one person to another, often occurring in the therapeutic relationship between a patient and therapist. Countertransference is the therapist’s unconscious reaction to the patient’s transference. It can involve emotions, feelings, and attitudes the therapist has towards the patient, which can impact the therapeutic relationship and the success of therapy. Both transference and countertransference should be acknowledged and worked through to maximise the potential benefits of therapy.
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