Commentary: Rupture repair as a transtheoretical corrective experience

Catherine F. Eubanks, Joey Sergi, Lisa Wallner Samstag, J. Christopher Muran

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This commentary highlights common principles shared across the diverse clinical case examples featured in this In Session issue on Rupture Repair in Practice. We discuss the importance of therapists recognizing subtle signs of rupture and responding to ruptures with curiosity and compassion. We also consider how therapists can use repair strategies responsively to facilitate a corrective experience for the patient. We explore the ways in which the specific resolution strategy of linking a rupture to larger interpersonal patterns can benefit the therapeutic process, and the ways in which it can constitute a form of avoidance. We conclude by noting promising future directions and celebrating the generosity evidenced by these insightful authors' willingness to share and explore challenging moments in therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • alliance rupture resolution
  • alliance ruptures
  • supervision
  • therapeutic alliance
  • training


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