Relational Therapy

Relational therapy is a therapeutic approach that was founded on the belief that a person must have fulfilling and satisfying relationships with the people around them in order to be emotionally healthy. Relational therapy handles emotional and psychological distress by looking at the client’s patterns of behavior and experiences in interpersonal relationships, taking social factors, such as race, class, culture, and gender, into account. Relational therapy can be useful in the treatment of many issues, but is especially successful when working with individuals seeking to address long-term emotional distress, particularly when that distress related to relationships. Relational therapy will help clients learn skills to create and maintain healthy relationships. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s relational therapy experts today.

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We encourage you to view the therapeutic space as your “relational home,” where your experiences will be honored and held by our empathetic team of clinicians. Our goal is to collaborate to help you make meaning of your story, ultimately searching for opportunities for relief and personal growth. By embracing what happens in the therapeutic relationship, valuable information is gained and is helpful in our understanding of you and your opportunities for growth and healing.

— Brown Therapy Center, Psychotherapist in San Francisco, CA

The therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in the success of therapy. We'll build a rapport and examine the relationship patterns in your life that impact your well-being.

— Heather Buchheim, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Relational therapy delves into the fabric of our interpersonal relationships and how they shape our mental health. This form of psychotherapy recognizes that each person's unique experiences within their relationships profoundly influence emotions and behaviors. I work with clients on all kinds of relationships in their life, friends, family, work relationships, and romantic relationships/partnerships.

— LISA TARRACH, Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

I make use of myself and share my thoughts and impressions in treatment, in an effort to make my own mind more plain and accessible. I invite clients to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences of me and our work together and consider these interactions to often be the most potent and meaningful route to making progress towards interpersonal goals.

— Amie Roe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I'm well trained in psychodynamic and systems-oriented relational therapy. This means that we'll work together to improve your relationships and overall wellbeing, through both exploring the past, and looking with curiosity at your current connections and patterns of communication. We'll be able to learn from the way you and I work and communicate together, trying new behaviors along the way. We'll discover what "old roles" worked in the past, that no longer serve you in the present.

— Joseph Hovey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Trained to focus on therapeutic relationship, transference, and countertransference.

— K. Chinwe Idigo, Psychologist in Teaneck NJ 07666, NJ

As humans, we are relational beings. I believe that what transpires in the therapy room is a unique and valuable exchange that enables a non-judgmental, in the moment discussion of how we are impacting one another.

— Lindsay Anderson, Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

Building a therapeutic relationship where you feel safe and prioritized is the most important part of my work!

— Marissa Latini, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My relational approach is influenced by attachment theory and psychodynamic therapies. I believe healing happens in the space between therapist and client through attuned, authentic connection. Sessions focus on our relationship and the interpersonal dynamics unfolding in the room. My role is to be fully present and engaged with you and your unfolding narrative without judgment. I believe the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle for increased self-awareness, vulnerability and change.

— Bee Cook, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

Relational psychotherapy is an offshoot of psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, both of which have a long and varied history going back to Sigmund Freud. As its basic premise, psychoanalysis assumes that people are often unaware of the factors that contribute to their mental and emotional state, and that uncovering these unconscious processes and assumptions leads to wellness. The way it is practiced today, there is a wide variety of approaches and styles in psychoanalysis (i.e. Freudian, Jungian, Object-Relations, Relational) that can look and feel quite different from the stereotype of the silent analyst saying only “Mmm Hmm” as the patient talks. Psychoanalysis is distinguished from psychoanalytic psychotherapy by both the frequency and setup of therapy. In psychoanalysis the patient usually comes in 2 – 5 times per week and often lays on a couch facing away from the therapist, whereas psychoanalytic psychotherapy incorporates the same theories and methodology of analysis without the same level of involvement. Psychoanalysts are required to undergo an additional educational training that often lasts for many years before being able to be called an analyst and perform analysis, whereas many therapists work from psychoanalytically-informed perspective and are well-trained in a psychoanalytic approach.

— Bear Korngold, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

This is my primary theoretical orientation.

— Meli Leilani Devencenzi, Psychologist in Cedar City, UT

I am highly relational in my work with clients, and I strive to create a space where clients feel deeply known, seen, and understood. I believe that in the context of such a relationship, hopefulness and change organically take place. I foster a therapy environment where clients can feel seen, valued, and understood. I see therapy as a collaboration between your lived expertise and my clinical expertise, and value the opportunity to get to know you and your story.

— Tori Cherry, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Working relationally means I will connect with you as myself. I am a real person in the room with you, with humor and personality. I am not a blank slate, I will not sit silently and stare at you while you talk. I will still maintain professional boundaries and the focus will always be on you, I will listen empathically and share in your human experience.

— Rebecca Doppelt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Relational therapy is similar to psychodynamic therapy, in that it focuses more the relationship between patient and therapist. Both modalities understand that it is through the relationship that a person heals. We are formed in relationship. We are harmed in relationship. And we heal through relationship.

— James Nole, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I use Relational Therapy in a lot of my work with clients. Humans are relational beings and are constantly impacted by the relationships they hold. Having good relationships is essential for our wellbeing.

— Melissa Urbanek, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , MN