This paper proposes that psychotherapy has affinities with TCM that may be useful for our understanding of both. These affinities center on the way in which the doctor/patient relationship is viewed and the ways in which treatment is understood. Based on affinities between psychotherapy and TCM the paper further proposes that psychotherapy outcome studies may be applicable to TCM and enhance TCM research and practice. Psychotherapy outcome research studies have consistently demonstrated the significance of common factors associated with the therapeutic alliance in predicting outcomes rather than factors related to therapeutic models or strategies per se.
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