chapter  7
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Intensive, Long-Term Psychotherapy

A strong therapeutic alliance lays the foundation for therapeutic progress. The success of treatment, whatever the goals are, is directly related to the strength, stability, and capacity of the therapeutic alliance to anchor the therapeutic process. First and foremost, schizoid patients require a safe, non-threatening therapeutic alliance, one in which they do not feel that they have to battle for control. Rather, such patients require a therapeutic alliance in which they are truly free to establish their own distance and regulate the pace of their feelings, thinking, and acting.