Perspectives on erotic transference in psychotherapy and supervision
Love is arguably the focus of most therapy. As clients, we take our difficulties with intimacy, fear, anxiety, abandonment, bereavement, betrayal, and abuse to therapy, and really we are talking about problems with love. Given the emotionally intimate nature of therapy, it is not surprising that love is a feature of therapy. Some would say it is a necessary part of any successful therapy.
As therapists, we know and understand that our care for our patients and clients exists within a defined and boundaried relationship. There are obvious ways that this therapeutic care can become something unhelpful, a distraction from the work of therapy, a betrayal of trust, or even an abuse of power. How do we communicate the delicate balance between offering this most intimate of emotional caregiving, and ensuring the reliability and safety of the therapeutic relationship? And what of the patient or client who mistakes their therapist’s care for something much more?
About the host
David Morgan is a consultant psychotherapist and psychoanalyst.
Jackie Gerrard is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Professor Joy Schaverien is a Jungian Psychoanalyst.