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(p. 208) Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance 

(p. 208) Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance
(p. 208) Repairing Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance

Brian A. Sharpless

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date: 21 May 2019

:Ruptures (i.e., deteriorations or strains in the therapeutic alliance) are an inevitable part of any psychotherapy. They are not only common but are also clinically meaningful. If not adequately attended to, ruptures are associated with poor therapy outcome and premature termination. Fortunately, a strong research base is available that provides clinically useful guidance for identifying and resolving alliance ruptures. After a brief review of the theoretical and empirical literatures, a list of “markers” used to identify the two subtypes of ruptures (i.e., withdrawal and confrontation) is provided. Proper assessment of the subtype is critical, as they each require slightly different rupture resolution techniques across a four-stage process. Finally, a list of specific rupture resolution techniques is provided.

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