In Brief: Who Needs the Therapeutic Alliance?
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 19, Number 3, March 2021
Oxytocin levels tend to fluctuate in synchrony when people are in strong, connected relationships, from the mother-child bond to romantic partnerships. A new study extended that to the therapist-patient dyad by comparing the change in oxytocin levels for patient and therapist during each session of psychotherapy for depression. The greater the synchrony in the oxytocin flux, the better the therapy outcomes.