Why is it transference important in the therapeutic relationship?
It assists the therapist to understand the past in terms of the origins of conflicts and difficulties and to observe the ways that the past is alive in the present. (a bit like a “living laboratory”).
Therapists are presented with opportunities to “re-experience with their clients’ certain aspects of their presenting past; in which the effects of the past can be reviewed, and through which the effects can be to some extent adapted to the new circumstances of the present and future.”
Carlo Moiso (TAJ, July 1985) analysed the transference relationship as “a relationship in which the patient, in order to reexperience parent-child or primitive object relationships projects onto the therapist his own Parental Ego State (P1 or P2).
The therapeutic relationship is the main aspect which brings change and understanding transference is essential.