Attachment Theory In The Therapeutic Alliance

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Attachment Theory in the Therapeutic Alliance ....the therapist role is analogous to that of a mother who provides her son a secure base from which to explore the world (Bowlby, 1988). I was always intrigued by the fact that psychotherapy inevitably involves a kind of interaction between two (or more) people who bring with them their own baggage to the therapy. The client is the one who is being ‘helped’ in and from the process of therapy but self growth and personal development is bidirectional for both patient and therapist. This gives therapy a collaborative stance whereby therapist and patient work together. Dr Ellen McGrath wrote in Psychology Today (2002) that ‘A solid patient-therapist relationship is a crucible of wellness.’ Integrative…show more content…
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