Psychotherapists with Personal Histories of Psychiatric Hospitalization: Countertransference in Wounded Healers


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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the countertransference experiences of psychotherapists who have personal histories of psychiatric hospitalization. Each study participant answered interview questions exploring the therapist’s personal and professional experiences as a wounded healer. The research revealed that wounded healers experience a range of countertransference issues, including varying degrees of identification with clients. The participants’ experiences as clients influence their countertransference and their philosophies and interventions of treatment. Participants reported painful and devastating effects of the stigma associated with mental illness in our society.

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