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Psychotherapy Relationships That Work: Evidence-Based Responsiveness

John C. Norcross


The second edition of this book identifies effective elements of therapy relationships (what works in general) as well as effective methods of tailoring or adapting therapy to the individual patient (what works in particular). Each chapter features a specific therapist behavior (e.g., alliance, empathy, support, collecting feedback) that demonstrably improves treatment outcomes or a nondiagnostic patient characteristic (e.g., reactance, preferences, culture, attachment style) by which to effectively tailor psychotherapy. Each chapter presents operational definitions, clinical examples, compreh ... More

Keywords: psychotherapy, cooperative behavior, professional-patient relations, psychotherapy/methods, clinical competence, mental disorders/therapy, evidence-based medicine, treatment outcome, evidence-based practice, meta-analysis

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Norcross, editor
University of Scranton
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Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships

John C. Norcross and Michael J. Lambert

Part 1 Effective Elements of the Therapy Relationship: What Works in General

Chapter 2 Alliance in Individual Psychotherapy

Adam O. Horvath, AC Del Re, Christoph Flückiger, and Dianne Symonds

Chapter 3 Alliance in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Stephen R. Shirk and Marc S. Karver

Chapter 4 Alliance in Couple and Family Therapy

Myrna L. Friedlander, Valentín Escudero, Laurie Heatherington, and Gary M. Diamond

Chapter 5 Cohesion in Group Therapy

Gary M. Burlingame, Debra Theobald McClendon, and Jennifer Alonso

Chapter 6 Empathy

Robert Elliott, Arthur C. Bohart, Jeanne C. Watson, and Leslie S. Greenberg

Chapter 7 Goal Consensus and Collaboration

Georgiana Shick Tryon and Greta Winograd

Chapter 8 Positive Regard and Affirmation

Barry A. Farber and Erin M. Doolin

Chapter 9 Congruence/Genuineness

Gregory G. Kolden, Marjorie H. Klein, Chia-Chiang Wang, and Sara B. Austin

Chapter 10 Collecting Client Feedback

Michael J. Lambert and Kenichi Shimokawa

Chapter 11 Repairing Alliance Ruptures

Jeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran, and Catherine Eubanks-Carter

Chapter 12 Managing Countertransference

Jeffrey A. Hayes, Charles J. Gelso, and Ann M. Hummel

Part 3 Tailoring the Therapy Relationship to the Individual Patient: What Works in Particular

Chapter 13 Reactance/Resistance Level

Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, Aaron Michelson, Xiaoxia Song, and John Holman

Chapter 14 Stages of Change

John C. Norcross, Paul M. Krebs, and James O. Prochaska

Chapter 15 Preferences

Joshua K. Swift, Jennifer L. Callahan, and Barbara M. Vollmer

Chapter 16 Culture

Timothy B. Smith, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, and Guillermo Bernal

Chapter 17 Coping Style

Larry E. Beutler, T. Mark Harwood, Satoko Kimpara, David Verdirame, and Kathy Blau

Chapter 18 Expectations

Michael J. Constantino, Carol R. Glass, Diane B. Arnkoff, Rebecca M. Ametrano, and JuliAnna Z. Smith

Chapter 19 Attachment Style

Kenneth N. Levy, William D. Ellison, Lori N. Scott, and Samantha L. Bernecker

Chapter 20 Religion and Spirituality

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Joshua N. Hook, Don E. Davis, and Michael A. McDaniel

Part 4 Conclusions and Guidelines

End Matter