The Dark Sides of the Healer: Continuities and Contradictions in the Therapeutic Process.

 The therapist-treated relationship within the Existential Systemic view is a continuous interaction that invites the therapist to an internal process and a continuous reflection.

In this process the therapist will inevitably come into contact with both his potential and his dark spots. He is called to deal with situations of continuity – where the experiences and problems of the treated person are continuous with his own with the risk of being trapped in his unresolved personal issues.

He is also invited to co-create situations of counterpoint, i.e. mutual enrichment with the treated person, where he will be able to overcome his personal difficulties and will facilitate the development of the treated person, but ultimately also his own personal development.