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The study suggests that therapists could do better therapy by focusing at least as much on their breathing and calm awareness as on learning clinical techniques.
The Therapist–Client Alliance Gap
Research clearly shows that therapists and clients typically rate the quality of their alliance differently, with clients generally rating the alliance a bit more positively. But sometimes clients rate the alliance lower than therapists do, and it seems that these are the cases most likely not to work out, or to end in premature terminations.
Psychologist Georgiana Shick Tryon, of the Graduate Center of Educational Psychology of City University of New York, whose metanalysis of 53 alliance studies appeared in last November's Psychotherapy Research, believes that therapists should regularly ask clients how they're experiencing the relationship and pay particular attention to those few who rate the alliance lower. That's similar to the advice from other therapy-outcome researchers, such as Michael Lambert of Brigham Young University, who've found that therapists who receive regular feedback from clients about how therapy is going, especially early in the relationship, have much better outcomes.