Relational Therapy

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Relational therapy, also known as relational-cultural therapy, is a therapeutic technique that is founded on the premise that having mutually gratifying relationships with others is essential for one’s emotional well-being. This type of psychotherapy takes social elements like as race, class, culture, and gender, and investigates the power struggles and other issues that arise as a result of these characteristics, as well as how they connect to the relationships in a person’s life.

In relational therapy, you learn to understand how you may be repelling people rather than attracting them, as well as how these behaviors are tied to past experiences. The goal is to acquire new ideas about relationships, to form a strong relationship with the therapist, and to utilize those new ideas and the therapeutic relationship as a model to form healthier, longer-lasting relationships with others.

Look for the services of a certified, experienced mental health professional who has had specific training in relational cultural theory or relational therapy. Look for a therapist with whom you feel comfortable sharing personal issues, in addition to someone with the right educational background, experience, and relational style. Because the success of relational therapy is heavily dependent on the client’s capacity to create a personal relationship with the therapist, a relational therapist should be warm, compassionate, understanding, and nonjudgmental.

Relational therapy may be beneficial for people who are experiencing distress in their family, intimate, professional, or social relationships. This includes those suffering from mental disorders such as anxiety, sadness, or stress, which are producing relationship problems, as well as those suffering from low self-esteem, eating disorders, and poor body image.

Relational therapy is based on relational-cultural theory and the work of Jean Baker Miller in the 1970s and ways, who investigated human connection and how culture effects relationships. Miller’s work was primarily concerned with women, privilege, and power, as well as the dominating and subservient positions that exist in relationships. There was a shift in the field of psychotherapy at the time away from pure introspection and toward an investigation of the dynamics of human relationships and their consequences on individuals. Emotional issues, stress, and power differentials from previous relationships were given more attention, and how they can interfere with authentic personal expression and the ability to create stable relationships in the present. Relational-cultural theory educates therapists and counselors about the cultures and circumstances that influence relationships, allowing them to work effectively with a wider range of clients. These issues are addressed by the therapist in the context of the therapeutic relationship as well as the client’s relationships outside of therapy.

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