Collaboration in Multicultural Therapy: Establishing a Strong Therapeutic Alliance Across Cultural Lines


  • This study was partially supported by NIMH grants MH-078308 and MH-081116 awarded to Dr. Hofmann and MH-73937.

Please address correspondence to: Stefan G. Hofmann, Department of Psychology, Boston University, 648 Beacon St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02215.


Achieving effectiveness of psychotherapy across a diversity of patients continues to be a foremost concern, and the therapy alliance remains a critical component of such favorable outcome across theoretical orientations and treatment formats. This article offers concrete guidance grounded in empirical research on therapist behaviors and treatment features to enhance collaboration in multicultural therapy. This is followed by a multicultural case study of a patient presenting with several co-morbid disorders to exemplify the application of these guidelines over the course of therapy.