Playing with fire: Countertransference and clinical epistemology

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This article explores both theoretical and practical concepts related to the therapist's use of the self in psychotherapy. Particular emphasis is placed on the potential clinical value of countertransference. It is argued that awareness and resolution of personal issues are required for therapists to draw profitably from their own experiences in working with clients. Specific steps in translating the concept of the wounded healer into clinical practice are offered, along with examples from the author's own practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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