Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 17–31 | Cite as

Victoria: A Study of the Countertransference Through Poetry Writing

  • Manya Bean


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manya Bean
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  1. 1.Philadelphia, and New JerseyPhiladelphiaUSA

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