Good grief and not-so-good grief: Countertransference in bereavement therapy

Jeffrey A. Hayes, Yun Jy Yeh, Alanna Eisenberg

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between therapists' grief related to the death of a loved one and clients' perceptions of the process of bereavement therapy. Mail survey data were obtained from 69 client-therapist dyads. Results indicated that the extent to which therapists missed deceased loved ones was inversely related to client perceptions of therapist empathy, but not to client ratings of the alliance, session depth, or therapist credibility. Therapist acceptance of the death of a loved one was unrelated to any of the dependent measures. Results are discussed in terms of countertransference and its management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-355
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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