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Online Enquiry: Overestimating the Working Alliance?

Definitions and References

Defining the working alliance – 1

Clarkson, P. (1995) The Therapeutic Relationship. Whurr

The working alliance is the part of client- psychotherapist relationship that enables the client and therapist to work together even when the patient client experiences some desires to the contrary. (Clarkson 1994 p. 31)

The working alliance or psychotherapeutic alliance is probably first encountered as a concept in psychoanalytic theory (Greenson 1967; Sterba 1934; Zetzel 1956). It is conceptualised as an explicit or implicit contract or agreement between the psychotherapist and the client. (Clarkson 1994 p. 32)

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