The difficult patient. Transference and counter-transference in the treatment of DID.

Nel Draijer, PhD

In this workshop we will elaborate on the themes of the keynote on ''The use of object relational thinking in the treatment of DID'. We will focus on the treatment of the difficult patient. Participants are invited to bring their case material, preferably on video.


  • Davies, J.M., & Frawley, M.G. (1994). Treating the adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse: A psychoanalytic perspective. New York, Basic Books.
  • Draijer, N. & van Zon, P. (2013). Transference Focused Psychotherapy with former child soldiers: Meeting the murderous self. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 14:2, 170-183
  • Yeomans, F.E., J.F. Clarkin & O.F. Kernberg, (2015), 'Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Personality Disorder. A CLINICAL GUIDE'. Washington, D.C. American Psychiatric Publishing, 2015, 427 pp.

Educational objectives
To recognize transference and counter transference phenomena that endanger the therapeutic relationship in the treatment of severe trauma related syndromes (DID and C-PTSD).
To improve management of negative transference and counter-transference reactions in Complex PTSD and DID treatments more effectively.