In past decades, most researchers interested in the benefits of strong therapeutic alliance addressed the question broadly, hypothesizing that a stronger alliance is always good, across all treatments, and for all patients. This context-free research was instrumental in reaching a consensus that a strong alliance is indeed associated with positive treatment outcomes. But it has also precluded producing clear research-based guidelines for how alliance can be used to improve treatment outcome, specifying when, how, and for whom it can contribute to successful treatment.
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