Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy



Clinical Section

THE THERAPY RELATIONSHIP IN COGNITIVE THERAPY: A REVIEW


Louise Waddington  a1 c1
a1 Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

Abstract

Cognitive therapy has traditionally assumed that the therapy relationship provides a necessary context for intervention but is insufficient alone to produce therapeutic change. This assumption is reviewed in the light of up-to-date evidence from research studies of cognitive therapy and recommendations are made for further research. Mechanisms by which the therapy relationship may influence outcome and factors influencing the quality of the relationship are briefly discussed and the need for further research highlighted. Implications for the practice of cognitive therapy are suggested.


Key Words: Therapy relationship; cognitive alliance; review.

Correspondence:
c1 Reprint requests to Louise Waddington, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. E-mail: spjtlow@iop.kcl.ac.uk


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