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J Psychother Pract Res. 1998 Fall;7(4):281-9.

Religion and the psychotherapeutic relationship. Transferential and countertransferential dimensions.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York 14642, USA.


The salience of religion in society and health care has received increased attention. Recent developments in psychiatry reflect a broader view of religion that includes an appreciation of its adaptive and maladaptive dimensions. An examination of religious countertransferential and transferential reactions provides a framework for examining religious themes. Case examples illustrate the following critical factors that increase therapists' skill in working with religious themes: 1) monitoring the therapist's own attitude toward religious content, 2) attending to religious content, 3) seeking consultation, and 4) using religious content in interpretations.

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