The Older Woman Therapist and Her Countertransference Envy Reactions to Her Younger Women Patients

I want to toss a stone into an area that has been discussed only lightly in the psychological literature. Perhaps there is scant information in this realm because of a tendency among some older female therapists to retire at a relatively early age, thereby not exposing themselves to the daily jangle of jealous and envious feelings when working with younger patients. Other reasons, and there may be several of them, are beyond the scope of this paper. What this paper will deal with are the feelings and reactions that surface… read more →