Victoria: A Study of the Countertransference Through Poetry Writing
In the present work the analyst uses herself and her poetry writing as heuristic tools in the study of the countertransference during the treatment of a woman immersed in the alcoholic syndrome. The poems presented here are shown to have served a multiplicity of functions: (a) as a means to record, document and study countertransferential feelings, (b) as holding environments or containers, (c) at times as diagnostic tools, and finally, (d) as developmental signposts of the treatment process.
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