Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 273–280 | Cite as

Countertransference risks when women treat women

  • Judith Eastwood
  • Anna Spielvogel
  • Joanne Wile


Certain female patients deal with issues of sexuality, reproduction, aggression, and dependence in ways which may generate intense reactions in their female therapists. We will describe the range of responses we experienced while treating various women in an acute psychiatric inpatient setting. A surprising finding was that not only our problematic responses, but also our effective solutions, have often occurred unconsciously.


Female Patient Effective Solution Surprising Finding Psychiatric Inpatient Inpatient Setting 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Eastwood
    • 1
  • Anna Spielvogel
    • 1
  • Joanne Wile
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit 7A, Dept. of PsychiatrySan Francisco General HospitalSan Francisco

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