Description: Effective counseling with suicidal clients requires the development and maintenance of a strong therapeutic alliance. However, unmanaged countertransference (CT) can inhibit the alliance. This article provides strategies for enhancing CT awareness in counselors to support alliance building with clients after a client suicide attempt. The authors define CT in the context of suicide, introduce affective constellations as a method for CT awareness, and apply the methodto a case vignette. A figure for self-reflection and supervision is provided.
Examine strategies for enhancing countertransference awareness in counselors working with suicidal clients
Explore affective constellations as a method for countertransference awareness
Consultant, LPC in private practice,
Colorado Dept of Education, Self-employed (Evolutions Counseling)