Therapeutic Alliance: Grounding Interaction in Space

  • Christina LohrEmail author
  • Tania Pietrzak
  • Gernot Hauke


The therapeutic alliance is one of the most important, unspecific effective factors in all therapy directions (common factor). This it also plays an outstanding role in the embodiment work. As described in the following section, there is an increasing volume of empirical proof as to what exactly happens in the interaction between two people, and thus also between therapist and client patient. Synchronisation and imitation processes play a supporting role. The knowledge about precisely these processes enables the therapist to reinforce the therapeutic relationship. The skills that are necessary and examples of appropriate exercises are described here, as well as the basic theoretical principles and how these are applied in the case example of Mr. F.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Embodiment Resources Academy (ERA) EuropaMunichGermany
  2. 2.Olga Tennison Autism Research CentreSchool of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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