In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses the importance of the therapeutic alliance in CBT. Today, such skills as empathy, warmth, and understanding are emphasized in all of the psychotherapies and associated with successful outcomes. Dr. Beck explains that “knowing the patient’s story” is key to establishing a “human element.” CBT therapists are trained to utilize CBT techniques, not robotically, but within the context of the client’s individual conceptualization and personal “story.”

Beck Institute hosts a number of workshops on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. For more information visit our website.