Strengthening The Therapeutic Alliance, Part 1

The term “Therapeutic Alliance” describes the dynamic team that implements, monitors, and adapts a patient’s care plan.  The team typically consists of Therapist/Professional, Primary Caregiver, and the Person with Special Needs. OiGO App is working to strengthen all the bonds within this dynamic through a collaborative approach to cognitive therapy.  In this blog entry, we will talk about our solution to a weak link in the dynamic:  The bond between the Professional and the Primary Caregiver.

The therapeutic alliance typically focuses on the relationship between therapist and the patient.  No doubt the strength of this bond matters greatly in enhancing the social-emotional health of the patient.   Indeed it can prove to be among the most powerful factors in the process of emotional and psychological healing.

A second bond exists as well, between patient and primary caregiver.  This part of the alliance is obvious.  Whether the patient is a teen with Autism, an elderly spouse with Alzheimer, or a middle-aged TBI patient, the closest and most essential bond is frequently a loved one, a spouse or life partner, or a close family member (or many).  That person is the one who typically sees first-hand the impact of therapeutic decisions on the overall care plan.

But we think there’s an essential third part of this alliance that may sometimes be overlooked:  The essential collaboration between Primary Caregiver and Therapist/Professional.

Our premise is that even with a close professional bond, therapists are limited in their ability to keep timely connections with their clients.  They can’t see in real-time the impacts of their interventions.

We believe that by focusing on the connection between Primary Caregiver and Therapist, we can provide an additional, real-time input into the care plan, for the goal of social-emotional health.

We know that positive alliances tend to be fostered by the therapist being warm, understanding and empathetic.  But sometimes that’s not enough.  At some point the patient is left to his own devices to figure out how to respond to a particular situation or to a negative feeling.  And that’s where OiGO can help.

No tool exists that weds the two essential components of social-emotional health–Behavior Therapy and Speech Pathology–into one device, that both guide a person to express feelings, and then to provide emotional solutions on a real-time basis.  OiGO will do precisely that.  By strengthening all the bonds within those three essential components of the Therapeutic Alliance, OiGO will serve as a focal point in patient therapy and overall care.

The road Brenda and I thought we had set upon over 4 years ago has, predictably, opened up numerous new paths, each one providing yet a new part of a very complex forest.  The light is there, though, and it illuminates from many places.  Much of the thrill of this process for me has been to feel the warmth of new rays of sunlight that help illuminate the way for the millions who want only To Be Heard.


OiGO will offer the most advanced downloadable solutions to problems associated with social-emotional health.  We’re looking for a download by the end of summer.  The light continues to draw us forward.  We won’t have the whole solution by then.  But we’ll already be way ahead of the game in terms of the market as it exists today.

And we hope you are onboard with us as we unveil the first version of OiGO SELF, Social-Emotional Language Facilitation Tool, later this fall.

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