Cognitive therapy

COGNITIVE THERAPY 5Cognitivetherapy



Q2.Transference is a key aspect of psychoanalysis. Identify and discussany instances of transference during the client`s interaction withDr. Donavan.

Transferenceis an integral part psychoanalysis therapy. The most important thingin psychoanalytic therapy is that the therapist does not primarilyteach the patient but the patient cognitively understands new way oftransforming him/herself. During the therapy session Dr. Donavanengages in unconscious redirection of feelings to Helen (Jones &ampButman, 2011). In this case, Dr. Donavan transfers emotions andfeelings that help Helen understand, recognize, uncover and resolvethe unconscious conflict. Helen needs to have string faith andcourage in order to develop more effective behaviors, resolveundesirable or troubling emotions(Lecci &amp Magnavita, 2013).During therapy session Dr. Donavan listens to Helen carefully anddeeply in order to explore the Helen’s thought pattern and feelingsbased on career, family and relationships. In this way, as Helenexplains issues in their current life, Dr. Donavan transfers emotionsand feelings that help the patient gain consciousness that in turnhelp them understand and resolve internal conflicts (Lecci&amp Magnavita, 2013).

Asthe Helen explains more and more of the circumstances in their life,they transfer feelings to the therapist. In this form, the therapistis able to understand Helen and thus help her adjust to normal life.Transference is the unconscious connection that links the therapistwith the patient and helps in revealing the unresolved conflicts heldby the patient. During a therapy session Helen may become emotionallydependent on Dr. Donavan and this helps in unlocking Helen’sinternal conflict. The Dr. Donavan ‘captures’ the patient’semotions and feelings related to a particular aspect therebyproviding Helen with an important means of understanding theirsituations. The goal of transference is to make Helen realize orrecognize the unresolved emotion that leads to stress (Jones &ampButman, 2011).

Responseto Lisa Brown

Thread:DB 1 The Helen Robinson Case

Iagree with Lisa that it is important to socialize clients to therapy.It is true that during therapy Dr, Donavan did his best to discoverHelens feelings and what made her happy despite her troubling past. Ifeel that during psychoanalyst therapies the patient should revealall aspects in her life as this helps in transferring emotions to thetherapist. Lisa presents a good analysis on how Helen should haverevealed her past life to Dr. Donavan. However, although spiritualfaith is important in providing patients with the needed faith tocope with life stressors, I find Lisa’s assertion that ‘God wantus to abandon negative thinking’ a bit off cut from the main issueof socializing patient during therapy. In part, I disagree with Lisabecause there are devout Christians who suffers from extremepsychologically problems despite their faith (Berecz,2009).I believe, in psychoanalysis the most important thing is having atrusted person who you can share and seek guidance when overwhelmedwith stress (Berecz,2009).Sometimes even believers lose faith and only trusted friends canhelp.

Responseto Samuel Coker:The Case of Helen from a Christian Perspective

Thereading from Samuel is insightful and goes ahead to incorporate othertheorist to explain how psychoanalysis helps patients in resolvingunconscious conflicts. It is true that in psychoanalytic therapy, thetherapist should use the approach of free association as evidencedwith Dr. Donavan method to her patient Helen (Berecz, 2009). I agreethat it is only through free association that patients are made torecover from disabling thoughts. In part, as Samuel argues therapistsshould engage clients on free associations in order to understandtheir feelings and emotions. I agree that by asking closed endedquestions during the therapy session, Dr. Donavan helped Helenuncover her areas of conflict. However, am I disagree that usingclosed ended questions helps the patient uncover areas of unresolvedconflict. I believe, open ended questions are better in helping thepatient express all feelings and emotions without restriction. Ibelieve that Dr. Donavan would have varied his questions (closed oropen ended) depending on Helen’s response. This avoids the patientfrom feeling ‘cornered.’ Lastly, Samuel stresses thatChristianity faith is integral in the psychoanalysis sessions,however, I believe that faith should be a supporting means thatenables the patient to recover and make change in life.


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Jones,S. L., &amp Butman, R. E. (2011). Modern psychotherapies: Acomprehensive Christian appraisal. DownersGrove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

Lecci,L.B. &amp Magnavita, J.J. (2013).&nbspPersonalityTheories: A Scientific Approach.&nbspSanDiego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.