Therapeutic Alliance : Preventing dropping out of therapy

Published: September, 2005

BOSTON, MA — Surveys show that nearly half of people who begin psychotherapy quit, dissatisfied, against the recommendation of their therapist. It's a big problem for both patient and therapist, and, in group therapy, for other group members. The September issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from Harvard Medical School reports on recent research about dropout and what therapists can do to prevent it. Useful steps include these:

The Harvard Mental Health Letter discusses these and other helpful steps in more detail, explaining that because there is no single answer, clinicians should try multiple approaches.

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