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Colson, D.D. Horwitz, L. Allen, J.G. Frieswyk, S.H. Gabbard, G.O. Newsom, G.E. Coyne, L. (1988). Patient Collaboration as a Criterion for the Therapeutic Alliance. Psychoanal. Psychol., 5(3):259-268.
   

(1988). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 5(3):259-268

Patient Collaboration as a Criterion for the Therapeutic Alliance

Donald D. Colson, Ph.D., Leonard Horwitz, Ph.D., Jon G. Allen, Ph.D., Siebolt H. Frieswyk, Ph.D., Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Gavin E. Newsom, M.S.W. and Lolafaye Coyne, Ph.D.

In this article we show that a focus on patient collaboration, as a marker for the therapeutic alliance, is advantageous not only for theory and research but also for clinical practice. This point of view in no way minimizes the importance of the therapist's activity or the clinical significance of the interaction between patient and therapist. Rather, it focuses attention on how the therapist's personality, skill, and technique interact with the problems the patient brings to psychotherapy.

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