Troubles in the therapeutic relationship: A pluralistic perspective

Haim Omer*

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From a pluralist perspective, there is no universally correct therapeutic attitude and no set way to deal with troubled therapeutic relationships. A three-factor model of therapeutic impasse is presented in terms of hopeless narratives, failing strategies, and ineffective interactions. This triple mapping allows for the development of a working hypothesis and a critical intervention in order to set therapy back on track. Although a one-shot event, the critical intervention is not a single-session magical cure, but an attempt to restore a productive therapeutic routine based on a better working alliance. This article illustrates this approach in three separate cases. (C) 1995 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000


  • Eclecticism
  • Narrative
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Therapy impasse


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