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Classification: Client Engagement in Therapy

Client engagement has consistently been associated with positive treatment outcomes in psychotherapy. Engaged clients are more likely to bond with their therapist and report higher levels of satisfaction with therapy in general. Research suggests that a strong working alliance, defined as the strength of the collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist, predicts better treatment outcomes across therapeutic approaches and presenting problems. Although there are many factors to consider, this entry briefly reviews client, therapist, and treatment characteristics that are relevant to the establishment and maintenance of client engagement in psychotherapy.

Client Characteristics

Client characteristics that are important in engagement in therapy include both positive and negative expectancies for symptom control and treatment outcome. For instance, clients who believe that they can accomplish their treatment ...

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