It is common for people to be weary about the therapeutic process, especially its effectiveness in establishing and sustaining lasting behavior change. This weariness is valid, whether it be due to previous attempts in therapy that were unsuccessful or due to the intimidation of treatment for those who are new to the process. Still, such weariness can be challenged by emphasizing the role of trust that is built within a therapeutic alliance. By understanding what the therapeutic alliance is and its value in the healing process, individuals can resolve any ambivalence associated with participating in the therapeutic process and establish healing and recovery sooner rather than later.
At CCM, we know how challenging it can be to rely on the support and guidance of treatment professionals, especially in early recovery. Yet, this exchange of trust between both a treatment professional and a client is essential for effective treatment. Meanwhile, at CCM, trust and empathy are the most important elements fostered in our client care. Those seeking recovery from challenging conditions like mental health disorders, substance abuse, and other forms of crises can feel confident in utilizing our concierge services to promote lasting recovery in their lives.
Understanding the Therapeutic Alliance
Simply put, a therapeutic alliance is the quality of connection that exists between a client and therapist. As explained in Focus: Journal of Life Long Learning in Psychiatry, “There is consistent evidence that the quality of the therapeutic alliance is linked to the success of psychotherapeutic treatment across a broad spectrum of types of patients, treatment modalities used, presenting problems, contexts, and measurements.” In other words, the stronger a therapeutic alliance is, the more effective the treatment outcomes will be for a client.
The journal continues, explaining that while there are various conceptualizations of the role of the therapeutic alliance in treatment, most of these conceptualizations share three major themes, including “the collaborative nature of the relationship, the affective bond between patient and therapist, and the patient’s and therapist’s ability to agree on treatment goals and tasks.” Needless to say, a mutual exchange of trust and collaboration is necessary to effectively foster these themes.
The Role of Trust in Promoting a Strong Therapeutic Alliance
As explained in the journal titled Medical Care, “Trust is a multidimensional construct” that “refers to a firm belief in the reliability, truth, and ability or strength of someone or something.” Trust is important in all relationships as it helps individuals to feel safe and comfortable. Yet, trust is especially important in recovery, as it empowers clients to be more vulnerable, self-aware, and willing to commit to lasting behavioral change for the sake of their health and well-being. Moreover, trust is critical for both building and sustaining a strong therapeutic alliance.
While building trust with anyone takes time, it can be especially challenging to build trust with a treatment professional. Individuals struggling with mental health disorders or substance abuse may experience cognitive and emotional distress that can impact their ability to exercise sound judgment, even for the better. In a similar way, those impacted by these conditions may have broken the trust of their family members and other loved ones at the expense of their maladaptive behaviors and, in turn, feel unconfident in their ability to be honest and trustworthy with the professional they are working with.
However, with time, clients can work with their therapist to prioritize the role of trust within their therapeutic alliance. Building this trust first requires the therapist to create an environment of rapport, ensuring that the client knows that they are on their side. It also requires both the therapist and the client to show each other mutual respect and practice honesty to ensure that the alliance is on the same page throughout treatment and recovery.
Building Trust in Treatment
The most important thing that clients can do to build trust in a therapeutic alliance is to practice authenticity. Remember that treatment professionals are meant to provide guidance and support, not shun individuals for their wrongdoings or risk-taking behavior. By being as open and honest as possible with a therapist, clients can expect to receive mutual honesty and collaboration in tandem.
At CCM, we believe that this role of trust in building and sustaining a therapeutic alliance plays a key role in an individual’s ability to establish and maintain lasting healing in their lives. No matter where an individual stands in their journey to sobriety or recovery, we have the professional support and guidance that they need to effectively cease maladaptive behaviors and foster lasting behavior change in their lives. The healing journey begins with one phone call. From there, our staff members will work in collaboration with clients to ensure that their individualized needs are being met while assessing and addressing future recovery goals.
The therapeutic alliance is the quality of the relationship that exists between a client and therapist. Research shows that the stronger the alliance is, the more successful the treatment outcomes will be for a client. To effectively build and sustain a strong therapeutic alliance in treatment, both the client and therapist must exchange mutual trust in one another. This role of trust will enhance a client’s willingness to accept help and engage in treatment services. At CCM, we provide holistic health solutions to individuals and families across the entire continuum of care. Our staff prioritizes trust and empathy when working with clients, ensuring that each person has the best chance at securing lasting recovery. Call (855) 467-3226 today.