Our expert says:
I really am reluctant to get into another detailed and logn discussion of this sort of issue, especially as I was scolded by our Editor for expressing my extreme scepticism about psychoanalysis in the last discussion. Apparently a small group of psychoanalysts took exception to my views.
And, not knowing the details, there's not much basis for me to comment.
IF a therapist develops strong feelings for a paient, he/she should discuss this professionally with the patient, and if he/she is not able to handle it in the recommended ways, he should refer the patient to a different therapist to continue therapy, withdrawing if he/she is losing his/her objectivity and neutrality.
I think the complaining analysts, if I remember properly, said that within their group, it was usual for them to have Supervision, a wise process in which the individual psychotherapist/ analysts meets regularly, perhaps once a week, with another one or more colleagues, to discuss his/her cases and to be able to discuss such issues as they arise and het advice on how best to deal with them. I think that is an excellent procedure, but it seems to be really uncommon these days.
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