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countertransference (Gestalt)

-in the narrow sense, the therapist's conscious and above all unconscious responses induced by the person of the client (and notably by his/her transference). In a wider sense, everything which, from the person of the therapist, can impact on the relationship. Gestalt consciously exploits some counter-transferential processes.


Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.