Relational therapy is often used to help clients who are struggling with emotional, relational or psychological problems. It is based upon the theory that emotional well-being can only be fully accomplished when we have mutually satisfying relationships with those around us. Relational therapy is made up of a mix of self-psychology, relational psychoanalysis, psychodynamic developmental theory, trauma theory and other essential elements.

Discussing relationships

Your relational therapist will ask about our experiences with regard to relationships, responding with empathy and understanding and being non-judgemental. Working together privately and within a trusting environment, you will create a new relationship that will provide you with support and strength. Once the relationship between client and relational therapist is in place, the unpleasant experiences and thoughts affecting you due to past relationships should begin to dissipate as you deal with them.

Relational therapy will be used to investigate the patterns that exist from your relationships with others in the past. This process helps to transform the client’s sense of self, enhancing their feeling of well-being and interaction with the world and others that they come into contact with. Growth and personal empowerment will be achieved during the process of relational therapy.

Investigating elements at play

Your therapist or counsellor will investigate the various elements at play where your relationships are concerned, such as social, gender, sexual, race and class issues. They will then work with all of these within your combined therapeutic relationship.

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