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date: 11 December 2019

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Counseling psychology offers a distinctive perspective on the therapeutic relationship, one that is grounded in the discipline’s history, values, and professional identity. In the current work, selections from one of the field’s pioneers, Leona Tyler, introduce key areas of contemporary research and theory on the counseling relationship. The chapter begins with an examination of early formulations of the therapeutic relationship, the historical context in which they emerged, and early efforts to investigate its role in psychotherapy. Next, enduring themes within relationship research, as well as key contemporary concerns, are surveyed, with an emphasis on the distinctive contributions of counseling psychologists. Closing sections of the chapter identify emerging areas of research, particularly as they relate to traditional counseling psychology concerns, and propose potentially useful avenues for further investigation of the dynamic and interdependent character of counseling relationships.

Keywords: counseling psychology, counseling relationship, therapeutic relationship, therapeutic alliance, history of psychology

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