What is Relational Psychotherapy
Relational psychotherapy is a powerful, effective approach to healing chronic emotional, psychological, and/or relational distress. Relational psychotherapy is based on the following principles:
- Emotional well-being depends on having satisfying and trusting relationships with others.
- Emotional distress is often rooted in experiences of relationships, past and present, which have the power to damage and deaden the self.
- The relational therapist tries to understand the client's unique self-experience in their social/relationship context and to respond with empathy and genuine presence.
- Together, client and therapist create a new relationship which is supportive, strengthening, and enlivening for the client.
- Within this secure relationship, the client can safely explore, and then find freedom from, the powerful effects of destructive relationships, past and present.