The following is an extended version of a talk given by Dr. Michael Blumenfield at the World Psychiatric Meeting in Madrid Spain on September 15, 2014 Introductory Case : I would like to start off with a case history The patient is a 21 year old woman who has some paralysis in the right upper […]
This blog examines that situation where a psychotherapist realizes that he or she doesn’t like a particular patient. The therapist needs to understand this feeling within him or herself. Referring the patient to a colleague is discussed as an option as well as getting help from a colleague or supervisor in sorting out these feelings. The awareness of negative feelings and countertransference by the therapist can helpful in doing effective psychotherapy.
The 2nd edition of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine is reviewed. The book should be read by all health professionals with interest in this area. The book covers the cutting edge of science as well as clinical and ethical issues. It also discuses psychotherapy including countertransference as it applies to palliative care. There is also a 5 question Q &A with one of the editors.