Flexibility in RET
In this chapter, I discuss two concepts that I have found useful in my clinical practice of RET. The first concerns Bordin’s (1979) reformulation of the psychoanalytic concept of the therapeutic alliance, an idea I have found helpful in my struggles to develop a general framework for the conduct of RET. The second addresses the clinical reality that sometimes one is called on to make compromises with “elegant” RET while attempting to help clients achieve a “good enough” therapeutic outcome but not necessarily an “elegant” one. These two concepts have encouraged me to be flexible in my practice of RET—an important ingredient in making RET more effective.
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