Why you'll love this course

Paul Gilmartin, host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour, approaches the subject of therapeutic alliance with his characteristic humor and warmth. You'll learn, and you'll laugh.

Course description

Utilizing a wealth of survey responses from therapy clients, Katie Vernoy discusses techniques for building a strong bond between client and therapist, what therapists can get wrong, and how to respect the therapeutic relationship. With insightful commentary from comedian and mental health advocate Paul Gilmartin, host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast.  

Note: Explicit language. Viewer discretion advised.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Operationally define "therapeutic alliance."

  • Describe four variables that positively impact the development of therapeutic alliance.

  • Identify common mistakes that negatively impact the therapeutic alliance and related treatment outcomes.

Who should attend

Mental health professionals at all career and experience levels who actively work with clients and seek to build strong therapeutic relationships.


Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices.