Group Psychotherapy And Transparency Theory Summary

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The Therapist: Transference and Transparency

The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy Therapy is a book written by ( Yalom D. Irving) it serves as a guideline on how to conduct group therapy. Therapy is an element of care that brings about change, however it is critical to note change would never occur without the exchanges that take place between the therapist and the client. In previous chapters, Yalom, instructs us of how to conduct group therapy and what techniques should be utilized when forming a group, such as, screening clients, the informed consent, interventions that can be used, when therapy should be terminated and the follow up process. Transference and transparency demonstrates the role a counselor things one must
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The author thinks that if all transference distortions aren’t recognized the group experience doesn’t suffer. A therapist works with a group for an hour once or twice a week. If the therapist took time to deal with each members thoughts about himself, group session might never take place. The author believes when the member reads the therapist credentials they found something that drew them to this therapist. We gravitate toward people who are like ourselves, and who we feel comfortable with possibly airing our dirty laundry that will create a safe environment, namely protect us. It’s ok for members to feel a certain way about the therapist too arrogant, too opinionated. Importantly, these characteristics are common among group members as well as the leader, however some members benefit from transference distortion while others benefit from interacting with group members. (Yalom, p.205). The author thinks that members and the leader do each other a service just as the group learns from the therapist they learn from group members. Feedback is essential from leader to member as well as member to member. This helps the group connect with one another and begin to form alliances, work through issues that present themselves and move the group in different directions. After addressing transference, it would be an injustice …show more content…
Yalom p. I agree thtat feedback must be used wisely, however, the therapist must ensure that he doesn’t counter transfer and this is where things can become difficult. The author believes it is crucial that a therapist doesn’t over disclose and Yalom, depicts that disclosure is a great instrument that influences direct relationships and should be used as often as needed.
This can lead to too much transparency, if a therapist has a story for every group members experience, sooner or later the member is going to wonder why he is seeing the therapist. The author thinks that Yalom puts a lot of emphasis on the therapist disclosing in the here and now.
Transparency, is very important but as we learned early on trust, openness, modeling coincide and a counselor can be transparent by displaying these characteristics, being sincere and only disclosing depending upon the person/group and if they will become stagnate or be able to move forward if certain information about the counselor is

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