Published online by Cambridge University Press: 14 April 2022
The chapter describes how to manage ruptures in the therapeutic alliance. It opens by outlining a conceptual model to understand the ruptures and proceeds to consider the ways that ruptures may manifest at different points in psychotherapy. One way to respond to some ruptures in alliance in via enhancing motivation and therefore the technique of Motivational Interviewing is described in detail; outlining the steps of expressing empathy, developing discrepancies (between actual and desired outcomes), avoiding argumentation, rolling with resistance and supporting self-efficacy. The chapter reviews ways to manage the assignment and review of homework exercises so that they are a productive element in clinical psychology practice. The chapter concludes with a close examination of psychotherapeutic process; defining what “process” is, and how to work with transference and countertransference.