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Love my therapist. Is this countertransference?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Therapist

Your feelings for your therapist are called transference.
The therapist's response to your feelings by showing feelings or reactions is called countertransference.

In brief: Therapist

Your feelings for your therapist are called transference.
The therapist's response to your feelings by showing feelings or reactions is called countertransference.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine

In brief: Countertransference

It is normal and appropriate to have high positive regard for an effective, caring therapist.
If the feelings start to become confused and cross over into "love" complete with sexual attraction, this is indeed countertransference. The best thing to do is to acknowledge it and talk about it directly. Otherwise, it will compromise the effectiveness of the therapy.

In brief: Countertransference

It is normal and appropriate to have high positive regard for an effective, caring therapist.
If the feelings start to become confused and cross over into "love" complete with sexual attraction, this is indeed countertransference. The best thing to do is to acknowledge it and talk about it directly. Otherwise, it will compromise the effectiveness of the therapy.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
Thank
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