The therapeutic alliance [1], a measure of the quality of a therapist's relationship with their client/patient, has been linked to the efficacy of psychological treatment and positive therapeutic outcomes. Many people are now turning to online and digital choices as a cheaper and more accessible alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy [2]. Because of the rising prevalence of mental illness, both evidence-based providers operating within health systems and more opportunistic commercial software companies have developed online services. COVID-19's requirement for online assistance will only increase demand for online interventions an...

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