Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Relational psychotherapy, a longer term therapy, is a broad way of understanding human motivation and the process of therapy.

Therapists who take a relational approach understand that person-to-person relating is one of the most central motivations that people have, hence it can also be what brings many individuals to therapy. The relational way of working is very popular currently with many dynamically trained therapists who believe that their clients’ ways of relating to others is central to understanding themselves. They use the therapeutic relationship as a key tool for creating a space where such relational dynamics are provoked and can be worked through, understood and improved, drawing on the here and now to reflect on parallels with past patterns of relationship dynamics.