Building the Therapeutic Alliance

Building the therapeutic alliance

Abstract

This chapter presents the concept of the therapeutic alliance and its relevance for a successful therapy. Important attitudes, ways of being and the skills the therapists can employ in order to build an alliance with their clients are presented. These cover, for instance, authenticity, openness, empathy, ethical engagement, focused reflection, humility, etc. The discussion of skills focuses on the skills needed in contracting, resolving conflicts, handling disclosures, etc. The influence of the therapist's values is also discussed.

The basis of any psychological therapy is a good therapeutic relationship and alliance between the therapist and the client. A solid therapeutic relationship depends on the attitudinal qualities of the therapist, the therapist's way of being and the therapist's skills in forming ...

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