Dr. Michael Geis, a psychiatrist in private practice in Santa Barbara, Calif., presents an hour long exploration of countertransference in psychotherapy. This lecture was presented as part of Cottage Hospital Santa Barbara Psychiatric Grand Rounds.

Countertransference refers to the feelings, associations and projections that the client evokes in the therapist. In the history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, countertransference was at first considered a problem to be carefully avoided. In more recent decades, psychotherapists have discovered that their own feelings can be an important source of information and an important part of the healing dialogue between therapist and client.