Dr Milton Erickson was of the view that much of the therapeutic success is dependent on rapport.
Clients seeking help often ask themselves (Howe 1993):
Will the therapist accept me?
Will the therapist understand me?
Will the therapist and I get on?
Bordin (1979) outlines three specific components to a working therapeutic alliance and maintaining rapport.
1. The bond between therapist and client.
Does the therapist have empathy and understand the client and their issue?
Do they accept the client unconditionally?
Is the therapist genuine?
2. Does the therapist help the client identify and work on SMART goals for therapy?
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely
3. Does the therapist assign tasks for both the therapist and client?