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 […]
The Internet has changed referral patterns for psychotherapy. Whereas in the past many therapists tried to keep information about themselves hidden, now days with the Internet it would be very difficult to do this. Rather than rely on referrals by other doctors, patients locate doctors as well as information about them via the Internet. The relationship to transference issues is also discussed.
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.
There is a website titled Postsecrets to which people send artistic postcards with a secret on it. Recently someone from San Francisco wrote a postcard indicating an intention to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge.
There was an outpouring of responses which resulted in special page on Facebook linked to this postcard on which over 60,000 people have responded with words of support. This phenomena as a form of social empathy is discussed.