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When the psychotherapist dreams the patient. Remarks about countertransference, therapeutic relationship, therapeutic process in the Adlerian psychodynamic psychotherapies
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Summary. The psychodynamic tradition evidences that the patients’ dreams, particularly transfert dreams, can contribute to a better comprehension not only of the patients’ changes in the clinical manifestations and in the defence mechanisms’organization, but also of the quality of the therapeutic relationship; furthermore, patients’ dreams can evidence some developments of the therapeutic process. It can occur that the therapist dreams about a patient too. Some of these dreams have an important countertransferal meaning; if the therapist understands and elaborates the unconscious meanings of his/her dreams, they can become really useful in the comprehension of the therapeutic relationship and in the management of the therapeutic process. This paper proposes some theoretical considerations about the utility of the therapist’s countertransferal dreams, starting from the description of two therapists’ dreams about a patient, during an Adlerian Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.