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RELATIONSHIPS TRANSFORM AND CREATE HOPE

Northwest Passage not only sees relationships as the core of human experience, but also as an essential catalyst for change. The emerging field of social neuroscience suggests that we exist as interdependent creatures, that our very sense of self is dependent upon our relatedness to others. Daniel Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry and a leader in the field of interpersonal neurobiology suggests that the mind exists not within an individual, but perhaps between individuals. Study after study has shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is often just as important or sometimes even more impactful to clients than the type of intervention chosen. At Northwest Passage we believe that to improve one’s mental health their mind must be engaged and the way to engage one’s mind is through a meaningful relationship.

Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dr. Siegel

Relationships Affect Wellbeing

Interpersonal Connection

Brandon Marshall on Relationships

“RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE CORE OF OUR HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND A REFLECTION OF OUR HEALTH. WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH OURSELVES, WITH OUR FAMILIES AND PEERS AND WITH OUR COMMUNITIES.”

RESOURCES

The PassageWay is grounded in solid research. If you’re interested in learning more about the background of our approach, please dive in and investigate some of the resources we’ve used in developing our guiding principals.

EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPY RELATIONSHIPS

This article, written by John C. Norcross and Michael J. Lambert, discusses the relationship between therapists and clients so that discussions are beneficial to everyone, and can be found here: Evidence-Based Therapy Relationships

  • More psychotherapists need to acknowledge the inseparable context and practical interdependence of the relationship and the treatment.
  • Although efficacy research has gone to considerable lengths to eliminate the individual therapist as a variable that might account for patient improvement, the inescapable fact is that it’s simply not possible to mask the person and the contribution of the therapist.
  • Multiple and converging sources of evidence indicate that the person of the psychotherapist is inextricably intertwined with the outcome of psychotherapy.
  • Both clinical experience and research findings underscore that the therapy relationship accounts for as much of the outcome variance as particular treatment methods, especially after the effects of research allegiance to treatment are accounted.
  • Every psychotherapist recognizes that what works for one person may not work for another; we seek ‘different strokes for different folks.’

IT’S ALL CONNECTED… The individual elements of the PassageWay are deeply ingrained with one another. Below are some of our favorite stories about building strong relationships with new friends, the community and ourselves.

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