The Therapeutic Alliance in Psychoanalytic Treatment

  • Earle Silber
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Psychoanalysis is a special form of psychotherapy in which the relationship between the therapist and patient is the basic instrument of the treatment. This unique alliance between the patient and the analyst has been referred to as the treatment alliance, the therapeutic alliance, or the work alliance; all of these terms imply the importance of a cooperative and purposive goal shared by the two participants. As contrasted with other forms of therapy, the means by which analysis aims at assisting the patient is by involving the patient herself* in the process of the treatment and assisting her in pursuing and identifying her own goals in understanding her own unique feelings and attitudes by a process of investigation and understanding.


Therapeutic Alliance Analytic Relationship Internal Problem Woman Patient Work Alliance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Earle Silber
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  1. 1.Washington Psychoanalytic InstituteUSA

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