Clinical Seminar Y1 T3

Countertransference and Modes of Therapeutic Action

Wendy Greenspun, PhD
Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis- Third Trimester 2016, 8:30-10 pm

Location: Office of Julie Hyman, 501 Fifth Ave, Suite 814


Course Overview: This clinical seminar provides an overview of the concept of countertransference and how it has been used by psychoanalysts of various theoretical schools, highlighting similarities and differences among them. We will also focus more specifically on modes of therapeutic action related to countertransference, including projective identification, self-disclosure and enactment. Presentations of case process by the candidates will be utilized to illustrate concepts and to begin to help class members focus in on their countertransferential reactions when listening to clinical material.


Week I: Introduction. From a one-person to a two-person notion of countertransference.


Aron, L., & Harris, A. (2010). Sandor Ferenczi: Discovery and Rediscovery. Psychoanalytic Perspectives,7:5-42. (This reading is quite long; definitely read the section on Ferenczi’s Clinical theory and contributions to technique, up to Criticism’s of Ferenczi’s techniques)

Bass, A. (2001). It takes one to know one; or, whose unconscious is it anyway? Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 11: 683-702.


Week II: Classical Psychoanalysis


Arlow, J. (1985). Some technical problems of countertransference. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54(2): 155-163.

Brenner, C. (1985) Countertransference as compromise formation. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54(2): 155-163.

Loewald, H. (1986). Countertransference: Transference-Countertransference. J. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 34: 275-287.


Week III: Early Humanists and Interpersonalists


Thompson, C. (1952). Counter-transference. Samiska,VI, 4:205-211.

Thompson, C. (1964). The role of the analyst’s personality in therapy. In: Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, NY: Basic Books, 168-178.

Tauber, E. (1954). Exploring the therapeutic use of countertransference data. Psychiatry, 17: 331-336.


Week IV: Interpersonal Theory


Singer, E. (1970). Key Concepts in Psychotherapy, NY: Basic Books, pp. 291-312.

Levenson, E. (1972). The Fallacy of Understanding, Univ of Michigan: Basic Books, (read only chapters 12 and 14)

Wolstein, B. (1975). Countertransference: The analyst’s shared experience and inquiry with his patient. J. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 77-89.


Week V: Self Psychology


Kohut, H. (1984). How Does Analysis Cure? Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 80-110.

Stolorow, R. (1995). An intersubjective view of self psychology. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 5, 393-399.

Lachman, F., & Beebe, B. (1995). Self psychology: Today. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 5, 375-384.


Week VI: British Object Relations Theory- Projective Identification


Hunt, W. & Issacharoff, A. (1977). Heinrich Racker and countertransference theory. J. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 5: 95-105.

Joseph, B. (1986). Projective identification: Clinical aspects. In J. Sandler (Ed), Projection, Identification, Projective Identification. Madison, Connecticut: International University Press, pp. 100-116.


Week VII: Relational Psychoanalysis


Aron, L. (1991). The patient’s experience of the analyst’s subjectivity. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 1: 29-51.

Hoffman, I. (2009). Therapeutic passion in the countertransference. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19: 617-635.


Week VIII: Self-Disclosure


Greenberg, J. (1995). Self-disclosure: Is it psychoanalytic? Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31(2): 193-205.

Abend, S. (1995). Discussion of Jay Greenberg’s paper on self-disclosure. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31(2): 207-211.

Ehrenberg, D. (1995.) Self-disclosure: Therapeutic tool or indulgence. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31(2): 213-228.

Epstein, L. (1995). Self- disclosure and analytic space. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31(2): 229-236.

Jacobs, T. (1995). Discussion of Jay Greenberg’s paper. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 31(2): 237-245.


Week IX: Enactments


Sandler, J. (1976). Countertransference and role responsiveness. International Review of Psycho-Analysis,3: 43-47.

Jacobs, T. (2001). On unconscious communications and covert enactments: Some reflections on their role in the analytic situation. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21: 4-23.

Chused, J. (1991). The evocative power of enactments. J. of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 39: 615-639.

Davies, J. (1999). Getting cold feet, defining “safe-enough” borders: Dissociation, multiplicity and integration in the analyst’s experience. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 68: 184-208.


Week X: Comparisons and Summary


Gabbard, G. (1995). Countertransference: The emerging common ground. The International J of Psycho-Analysis, 76-475-485.

Greenspun, W. (2011). Three dimensional treatment: The interplay of patient, analyst and supervisors on an analytic training case. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 47(3): 386-405.