Diane Barth, LCSW
Clients suffering from eating disorders can be difficult to work with, and their symptoms difficult to treat. Therapist’s reactions to the symptoms can range from identification, rescue fantasies, sympathy and even pity to as sense of helplessness and hopelessness to frustration and irritation to self-blame and feelings of incompetence as a therapist. All of these and other countertransference reactions can interfere with the therapeutic work; but they can also provide important and useful information about what is going on in a client’s internal world.
In this webinar F. Diane Barth, LCSW, who has been working with and writing about eating disorders since 1981, will discuss some common countertransference responses to these symptoms. Using clinical material, she will illustrate some ways that a clinician can make use of these reactions in the therapeutic process – sometimes by directly addressing unarticulated material and sometimes by shifting the therapeutic prism slightly, to shed light on a different aspect of the therapeutic work.
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