Early Therapeutic Considerations

  • Peter E. Sifneos
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)


It should be emphasized that positive transference feelings usually predominate at the beginning of STAPP. This is primarily due to the extensive work which has been done by the evaluator and the patient and which has given the patient an early taste of what he can expect will take place during the course of therapy. In addition, having a high motivation for change, the patient is eager to settle down and get to work. Because of these factors, therefore, the therapist must discuss with the patient any positive transference feelings which may appear quite early rather than wait for the transference to appear as a resistance and then to interpret it later on.


Therapeutic Alliance Sexual Relation Therapeutic Consideration Male Therapist Sexualized Feeling 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter E. Sifneos
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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