Attachment Theory & Therapeutic Alliance
By Zur Institute
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A counter-trend to the emphasis on empirically supported and manualized psychotherapy is the resurgence of interest in the value and contribution of change in the therapeutic relationship. Attachment theory, with its emphasis on relationships, development, and personality, is making to important contributions to this area.
Below are some of the recommendations made by an APA Task Force (Division of Psychotherapy) based on their review of the evidence concerning the therapeutic relationship. For each recommendation, attachment theory and accompanying research can offer further details: