Conclusion And Contraindications

Everyone comes into therapy with identifications that do not work for him or her. The group can be a powerful force in countering a pa tient's negative and maladaptive identifications. It can be profoundly effective in teaching patients how to find their own "true voice" and also effective in helping them use this voice in their interpersonal interactions outside the group.

Contraindications for this intervention include the problem of both the therapist and the group projecting onto the patient their own identifications. This is why it is so necessary that the therapist have undergone his or her own personal therapy. It is also crucial that the therapist continue working toward self -understanding and increasing self-maturation as both a therapist and as a person.

REFERENCES

Mc Williams, N. (1994). Psychoanalytic Diagnosis. New York: The Guilford Press. McWilliams, N. (1999). Psychoanalytic Case Formulation. New York: The Guilford Press.

Rutan, S. & Stone, W. (2001). Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy (Third edition). New York: The Guilford Press.

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