The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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A combination of social, political, and economic factors has led to the current surge of interest in brief psychotherapy. The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy is the first book to examine systematically the role of the therapeutic alliance in short-term psychotherapy and to address the implications of the short-term framework for the alliance: How do the time limitations affect the relationship between therapist and client? How do therapist and client determine the focus of their work together? How does the therapist deal with ruptures in the working alliance and with the pressure of termination issues? The chapter authors each consider the same questions regarding the therapeutic alliance as it pertains to their respective area, which enables the reader to better understand the similarities and differences among these varying approaches. The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy explores both theory and technique and will be of interest to clinicians of all orientations.

"...examines the role of the therapeutic alliance in short- term therapy...a must-read for all mental health professionals working in brief psychotherapy."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557985088
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 18.20 (w) x 26.00 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy: An Introduction 3
2 The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Drive-Conflict Perspective 15
3 The Therapeutic Alliance in the Relational Models of Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy 39
4 Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, the Therapeutic Alliance, and Brief Psychotherapy 63
5 The Therapeutic Relationship and Alliance in Short-Term Cognitive Therapy 95
6 The Therapeutic Alliance in Short-Term Humanistic and Experiential Therapies 123
7 The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Strategic Therapy 147
8 Perspectives on the Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Couples and Family Therapy 171
9 The Alliance in Time-Limited Group Psychotherapy 193
10 The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy: General Principles 217
Index 231
About the Editors 237
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