Do you carry out a routine to prepare for a therapeutic alliance before greeting your next client, even do you have a routine? You could have just had a very demanding therapy session.
How do you re-focus so that your next client gets a fresh you? You give them your total attention as they nothing less.
Even on the busiest or emotion draining day, you can still channel your thoughts by this simple routine it only takes a moment. And it means that your next client gets the real you.
Place both feet on the floor, you can stand or sit and then feel your inhalation and exhalation. A simple intervention that only takes a moment but it can help you focus on the present moment and to connect with reality.
The above is for those times when you have no time but perhaps at the start of the day when on your own you could do this routine.
Now to introduce the main paper to you
Mindfulness-based interventions have enjoyed a marked increase in support within biomedical and psychological research and practice in the past two decades. Despite the widespread application of these treatments for a range of psychological and medical conditions, there remains a lack of consensus regarding mechanisms through which these interventions effect change. One plausible yet underexplored mechanism is the therapeutic alliance between participants and mindfulness instructors.
In this report, data are presented on therapeutic alliance from the mindfulness arm (n = 37) of a randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based smoking cessation treatment.
Results suggest that client-reported therapeutic alliance measured mid-treatment did not significantly predict primary smoking outcomes. Alliance did predict improvement in post-treatment scores on several outcome variables linked to mindfulness practice, including emotion regulation (β =−.24, p = .042), mindfulness (β = .33, p = .007), negative affect (β = −.33, p = .040), as well as treatment compliance (β = .39, p = .011).
Current studies suggest that in successful treatment therapeutic alliances, therapists are perceived as warm, understanding, and accepting, approaching their patients with an open, collaborative attitude. Mindfulness can help us develop these qualities with a simple routine carried out each day and between client sessions.
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