Transference and countertransference are both normal phenomena that may arise during the course of the therapeutic relationship understanding these phenomena in nursing is important because the primary focus of nursing is the nurse patient relationship imura 1991. Transference is a powerful way to improve your clients ability change their behavior and gain insight what is countertransference countertransference is when you as the clinician transfer your feelings onto your client often clinicians dont realize when this happens. Transference and counter transference are not the easiest of concepts to understand and many new coaches find these difficult the term transference originates from psychodynamic therapy where it is defined as a clients unconscious conflicts that can cause problems in everyday life it is where the individual transfers feelings and attitudes from a person or situation in the past on to a . Countertransference which occurs when a therapist transfers emotions to a person in therapy is often a reaction to transference a phenomenon in which the person in treatment redirects feelings . Transference is subconsciously associating a person in the present with a past relationship for example you meet a new client who reminds you of a former lover countertransference is responding to them with all the thoughts and feelings attached to that past relationship definition tudor and merry 2006 143 define transference as the displacement of
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