Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Transference in therapy: “Falling in love with your therapist?” – part 1 & 2

Transference Have you ever had feelings for someone and couldn’t understand where they are coming from?

Have you ever felt like someone’s mother or grandmother and couldn’t understand why? If so, you’re not alone.

Transference is a term that has its roots in psychoanalytic theory and focuses on the emotional connection between two people which is often influenced by the individual’s past experiences/relationships.

This article will discuss transference and you will have access to my 1st and 2nd video on the topic this week.

Transference describes an emotional and psychological process in which one individual begins to develop feelings for another person as a result of significant historical influences.

For example, you may find yourself feeling emotionally close to your 75-year-old neighbor because she reminds you of your great-grandmother who passed away 3 years ago. Because of this “bias”, you may find yourself wanting to buy things for her, help her in her garden, or treat her like you would your own grandmother.

If you have multiple encounters with this neighbor you may begin to see your grandmother in everything that she does. This can create feelings of attachment that will be difficult for you to overcome. In situations like this, you would certainly benefit from counseling that explores this emotional connection.


Identifying transference


How to explore your transference

So what do you think about this topic? Did anything come up for you that you’d like to explore or ask about?

As always, looking forward to hearing about your experiences.


As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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