The Influence of Buddhist Practice on the Therapeutic Alliance
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The bridging of Buddhism with Western psychology is currently a popular area of research. In the west, the therapeutic alliance (TA) is a powerful predictor of therapeutic outcome and therapists can develop qualities that will enhance the TA. Since Buddhist practice (BP) deliberately aims to develop the qualities of compassion, wisdom, equanimity and presence, BP may provide valuable training in enhancing the qualities of a therapist that contribute to the TA. This research project examined how Buddhist Practice (BP) might influence the therapeutic alliance (TA). Three therapists who self-identified as Buddhist were interviewed in regards to their BP and the TA. The results indicate that Buddhist practice enhances the therapeutic alliance. Five themes emerged from the interviews: presence, self-awareness, view of client, aversion and silence/not knowing/ wisdom. The findings encourage further research to replicate and validate the responses.