Relational psychotherapy is based on the premise that we live in relationship to one another and live most effectively when the relationships we are in work for us mutually. Psychotherapy creates a unique opportunity to form a relationship whose focus is to support and encourage the mental health and continued creative development of the individual or couple seeking help. In treatment, we form a clinical relationship, continually assessing issues of safety and trust, in order to understand the impact that previous relationships have had in forming our current relationships, our expectations and limitations.
Although this relationship is a professional one, it is a genuine one, allowing for the development of a deep bond through honest engagement and truth-telling. If there is struggle for mutual understanding, it should always occur in a context of mutual respect and caring. The experience of seeing oneself through the eyes of a respectful and caring professional is a healing experience and an empowering one.
Margie Cohen, LCSW
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