Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Client-Therapist Relationship and Cognitive Psychotherapy: Current Status and Future Directions

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Client-Therapist Relationship and Cognitive Psychotherapy: Current Status and Future Directions

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In recent years, researchers and clinicians have begun to focus on the rapprochement between diverse psychotherapeutic orientations (Norcross, 1986). This move towards "eclecticism" and "integrative psychotherapy" has involved a variety of systems of assimilation of disciplinespecific theories and techniques. Among these collaborative models is an approach that purports to mesh traditional Rogerian relationshipenhancement procedures with directive cognitive-behavioral strategies (Thompson & Williams, 1987). Although this theoretical and applied reorientation is in its nascent stage, the future holds great promise for the empirical testing and clinical application of such a model. This special issue is designed to expedite that process.

This issue contains four articles that attempt to integrate clienttherapist relationship factors with the practice of cognitive psychotherapy. In the first article, Neil Jacobson examines the role of the therapeutic relationship in cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression. Susan Johnson and L. S. Greenberg explore the therapeutic alliance in marital therapy, specifically as practiced in emotionally focused therapy. …

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