Therapist and client shaking handsThe therapeutic alliance is one of the key contributors to therapy’s success. While you likely want to have a good relationship with your client, building trust and rapport can be harder than it sounds. You may encounter ethical dilemmas, cultural differences, or outright resistance from people in therapy.

However, building a strong therapeutic alliance is possible in the vast majority of cases. By learning about common challenges in therapy, you can develop skills and strategies to overcome these obstacles. The more knowledge you have, the easier it will be to connect with your client and get positive treatment outcomes.