counterresistance


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counterresistance

(kown″tĕr-rĭ-zĭs′tăns)
A term rooted in Freudian psychoanalysis that refers to resistance by a psychotherapist that corresponds to the patient's resistance to closeness and change of life patterns. Examples include coming late to sessions, avoiding certain subjects, and fascination with the patient. Three types are countertransferance, characterological resistance, and cultural resistance.
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Counterresistance: The Therapist's Interference with the Therapeutic Process.
I consider it a piece of my professional growth and, ultimately, my spiritual formation that God has brought a few patients like Rebecca into my life that have challenged me to come out from behind my self-protective 'scheme' by pointing out my counterresistances. She has consistently, patiently, and gently pointed out manifestations of my avoidance of a real relationship in therapy.
The examiner must be positioned properly so safe and consistent counterresistance is applied.