The therapeutic alliance in couples therapy: clinical considerations.

@article{Garfield2004TheTA,
  title={The therapeutic alliance in couples therapy: clinical considerations.},
  author={R. Garfield},
  journal={Family process},
  year={2004},
  volume={43 4},
  pages={
          457-65
        }
}
  • R. Garfield
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Family process
This article presents clinical considerations about the therapeutic alliance in couples therapy, stimulated by pertinent new research findings reported in this issue. A loyalty dimension of the couple's relationship is described, as well as its influence on the therapeutic alliance in couples therapy. The therapist's establishment of a "meta-alliance" with the couple around their loyalty conflicts, avoidance of splits and disruptions, and prioritization of marital distress (versus individual… Expand
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