Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 209–221 | Cite as

Countertransference as a corrective emotional experience in existential family therapy

  • James Lantz
Family Therapy Practice


An existential approach to family psychotherapy should be cognizant of both individual human development and family life cycle growth. In Existential Family Therapy a family developmental challenge often occurs when the developmental progression needs of one family member challenge the pace of total family developmental progression. In such a situation intervention by the therapist should occur in a way that facilitates both individual and family developmental growth. Such interventions often best occur through the creative and controlled use of the family therapist's countertransference feelings in a way that helps the family accept and master its developmental challenges. Case material is provided to illustrate the described intervention approach.


Human Development Social Issue Family Life Emotional Experience Family Therapist 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Lantz
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  1. 1.College of Social WorkThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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