Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP
Rosemary Mennuti, Ed.D., Chairperson
Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP
Gina M. Fusco, Psy.D.
The present study surveyed 58 psychologists regarding their countertransference (CT) behaviors, CT management ability, empathy, and working alliances when treating patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Common positive and negative CT behaviors were identified when treating their typical patient with BPD. As predicted, results yielded negative correlations between therapists' CT behaviors and their CT management ability, working alliance, and empathy, as well as a positive correlation between therapists' CT management and working alliance, linking CT management to positive treatment outcomes. Therapists' level of experience and theoretical orientation were also examined, finding no significant impact on CT behaviors, CT management, or working alliance. Implications for training and supervision of therapists treating patients with BPD, suggestions for future research, and limitations of the study are discussed.
Hunt, Michelle Saxen, "Understanding Countertransference with Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder : an Exploratory Quantitative Investigation" (2003). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 65.