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.

Meet the specialists

Because I work relationally, it’s my goal that we develop a genuine relationship where we can safely have difficult conversations, have and resolve conflicts, and you feel comfortable experiencing vulnerability and a wide range of emotions from joy to pain. Therapy can create a reparative relational experience that brings you more self-understanding and helps you function with resilience and self-love in your interconnected world.

— Jennifer Alt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am one of a handful of RLT therapists in New York, Massachusetts and New Mexico. I do online sessions in each of these states.

— Jerry Sander, Clinical Social Worker in ,

Relationships are potent places for us to repeat old, painful patterns or break free and create newer, healthier ways of interacting. Many of us have been hurt in relationships (family, friends, colleagues, romantic partners, etc). In therapy, the unique relationship we create together can help heal the residual wounds. It can also provide an update for what it feels like to show up as our authentic selves and be listened to, cared for, and respected, so we can take this new experience out into the world to create and sustain meaningful connections that feel aligned for us.

— Jessica Weikers, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

The core foundation of good therapeutic work is a relationship built on warmth, authenticity, and trust, where all parties learn from one another. Our approach pays close attention to what is happening moment-to-moment and explores the ways that we are impacting each other. We know that therapy is incredibly vulnerable and can feel intimidating! Our therapists are not blank slates-knowing about the person you're sharing with and what they stand for makes sharing a little bit easier.

— Kindman & Co. Therapy Practice, Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I believe that the centrality of relationships in people's lives (women and non-Western folks in particular) has long been pathologized by the field of mental health. I believe that therapy by its nature is a deeply relational process where mutual growth and empowerment can occur. As a result, I bring my full authentic self to the therapeutic relationship.

— Sophia Boissevain, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

We are all relational beings seeking to make sense of the ourselves, others and the world. In response, the therapeutic relationship can be used as a vehicle to gain insight, self-compassion and understanding. Slowing down to consider why we (and others) act, believe and think the way we do can result in healthier relationships and boundaries while getting our needs met.

— Olivia Carollo, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Over 10 years of experience with attachment based interventions and creating safe secure and stable therapeutic relationship to help individuals heal, learn and grow!

— Amy Green, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Online, OR

Relational Therapy is truly a unique approach to couples counseling. Couples comment on how different these sessions are compared to their other couples therapy experiences and how much they appreciate it! This therapy is direct, coaching and empowering to help couples make changes to have a strong, happy and healthy relationship. It also moves quickly! I've seen couples who have been angry for years start to love and laugh again after just a few sessions!

— Corrin Voeller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN

I am a relational therapist, and I am comfortable working with clients on various issues that arise in their relationships. For nearly the past five years, I have facilitated a "Healthy Relationships" group. Some of the recurring relational therapy topics are social factors, such as culture, race, class, heteronormativity, and intersectionality. Relational therapy is helpful when an individual is experiencing some discomfort from their intimate, professional, family, or social relationships.

— Uriah Cty M.A., LMFT # 121606, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Relational psychotherapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences, attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

— Adrian Scharfetter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SACRAMENTO, CA

Our damage happened through relationships with other people, so it needs to be healed through our relationships with other people. Our earliest experiences starting in the womb shape our bodies and our brains and impact how we are able to interact with the world around us. It takes repeated positive interactions in order to heal the repeated negative interactions that so many experienced as infants and toddlers.

— Tia (Christia) Young, Counselor

Relationships matter, including your relationship with your therapist. Our work together will use what happens in therapy as a way of gaining more insight on what is happening in your relationships outside of therapy.

— Bronwyn Shiffer, Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

I am an integrative and relational therapist who understands that the client-therapist is key for healing, but also that not one treatment fits all. We will focus on your specific needs and will come up with goals and a plan accordingly.

— Beatrice Schreiber, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I often work with clients from a relational perspective which means that I look at their patterns of relating to others, and how these patterns often originate from relationships earlier in life and are based on faulty expectations on how others will behave. Their patterns of behavior that are based on these faulty expectations then create the exact behaviors that they are afraid of other people engaging in. Once people are aware of these patterns, we are able to start working on changing them.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

Ultimately, my work focuses on relationships. I work with clients in their relationship with others such as their parents, partners, friends, work colleagues and other important people. I work with client in their relationship with themselves such as how they see themselves, how they tell their own story and how they are tending to their own wellbeing. I also work with people in their relationship to their spirituality...what is important to them and what feels life giving right now.

— Emily Stone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

You are the expert on your own life. I don't do cookie-cutter therapy and each session is led by you, processing the things YOU want to focus on.

— AJ Rich, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA