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Therapeutic Alliance

Therapeutic alliance is defined as the strong emotional bond that is created between therapists and clients, and it is considered the cornerstone of healing as clients engage with the therapy process and enact change. The strength of the alliance is characterized by a sense of trust between clients and therapists, the belief that the process is collaborative, mutual agreement on tasks and goals, and the clients’ perception that the therapist is personally invested in helping the clients meet their goals in therapy. Research has shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the greatest predictor of outcome in individual therapy and also predicts outcome in therapy with couples even when different models are used in treatment. The necessary and sufficient conditions for creating a ...

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