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Terápiás szövetség, therapeutic alliance

In this free online workshop for licensed psychologists on the 29th of September, 2023, Matthew Jarvinen, PhD. presents video recordings of therapy sessions to help you to improve the Therapeutic Alliance.

Therapeutic Alliance

What has psychotherapy research demonstrated to be the single greatest factor in increasing client satisfaction, improving effectiveness, and decreasing dropouts?

The therapeutic alliance.

In this learning gathering, Dr. Jarvinen will help you identify and enhance the 4 aspects of the therapeutic alliance:

  1. getting agreement on the problems;
  2. getting agreement on the cause of problems and barriers to progress;
  3. getting agreement on the therapeutic tasks which will address those causes and barriers; and
  4. getting agreement on the roles the client and therapist play in those tasks.

With a combination of PowerPoint presentation, skill building exercises, and video demonstration, Dr. Jarvinen will show how Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) establishes the therapeutic alliance in the initial session and then maintains the quality of the alliance in following sessions.

ISTDP is an accelerated model of dynamic psychotherapy, comprising a set of powerful interventions to alleviate symptoms of emotional distress and to promote mental health in a rapid and cost-effective way. This method can be one of the most effective, transformative, and emotionally powerful forms of therapy. However, without special attention to the alliance, it can also lead to misalliances, dropouts, and treatment failures. This presentation will help you identify the most common alliance-related pitfalls, as well as how to avoid them.

Whether you are are working with CBT, hypnotherapy, person-centered therapy, psychoanalysis, symboltherapy, somatic therapies, DREAM or ISTDP, we invite you to learn more on how to improve your work with your clients!


Matthew Jarvinen, PhD.
Matthew Jarvinen, PhD.

Dr. Matthew Jarvinen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He has completed IEDTA-certified core training with Jon Frederickson and has received additional supervision from Allan Abbass, Robert Neborsky, Patricia Coughlin, Josette ten Have-de Labije, and Steve Shapiro. He also founded the ISTDP San Diego Community with Tami Chelew, which hosts regular trainings in ISTDP, and he currently serves on the Board of the IEDTA as the Chair of Community and Membership Committee. His clinical specialties include trauma, addiction, and spirituality, including integrating ISTDP with research on Attachment to God. He currently works in private practice in Encinitas, CA and supervises therapists through his group practice, which specializes in providing emotional health resources to the public, including a free emotional fitness program based on ISTDP principles.


This is a workshop open to registered healthcare professionals from all over the world, including:

  • psychologists with a healthcare registration (in Hungary: health psychologists, neuropsychologist, clinical psychologists),
  • psychotherapists,
  • psychiatrists or
  • students of the above fields.

Our apologies, at the same time people who don’t fit the „registered mental health professional” criteria above, like for example

  • Hungarian psychologists without clinical psychology or health psychology or neuropsychology certificate/studies,
  • Hungarian MA psychology or PhD students, where the final qualification doesn’t lead to a healthcare registration

won’t be accepted.


Date – September 29, 2023.

Time – 18:00-20:00 CET / 9:00-11:00 PDT

Platform – Virtual Workshop via Zoom. You will get the zoom link one day before the event to your email address provided at registration.

Participants – maximum 100 licensed health care professionals

Language – English (no translation)

Admission – free


To be able to attend, please fill in the form here or go to

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