The Countertransference Project

Countertransference in the treatment of patients with personality disorders

This PhD project at University of Oslo is about therapists’ countertransference (CT) reactions in the treatment of patients with personality pathology. The study is a prospective, longitudinal study, placed within Section for Treatment and Research, Department of Research and Innovation, Oslo University Hospital. Data were retrieved from the Norwegian Network of Personality Disorders in the period 2010 to 2016.

Key issues of the study

  • Is there a relationship between therapists’ countertransference reactions and patient characteristics?
  • Is there a relationship between countertransference reactions and patients experience of therapeutic alliance?
  • Can CT reactions predict therapy outcome?

Publications

  • Breivik R, Wilberg T, Evensen J, Røssberg JI, Dahl HSJ, Pedersen G (2020). Countertransference feelings and personality disorders: A psychometric evaluation of a brief version of the Feeling Word Checklist (FWC-BV). BMC Psychiatry, 20:141. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02556-6.

The Project Group

  • Randi Breivik - Section for Treatment and Research, Department of Research and Innovation, Oslo University Hospital.
  • Geir Pedersen - Section for Personality Psychiatry and Specialized Treatments, Department for National and Regional Functions, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital /NORMENT, KG Jebsen Center for Psychosis Research, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo.
  • Jan Ivar Røssberg - Section for Treatment and Research, Department of Research and Innovation, Oslo University Hospital.
  • Hanne Sofie Dahl - Vestfold Hospital Trust, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Tønsberg, Norway.
  • Theresa Wilberg - Section for Treatment and Research, Department of Research and Innovation, Oslo University Hospital.
  • Elfrida Kvarstein: Section for Personality Psychiatry and Specialized Treatments, Department for National and Regional Functions, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital / University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine.
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