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This article is about a particular approach to psychotherapy. For relationship therapy for couples see: Couple therapy or marital counseling. For family relationship therapy see Family therapy.


Relationship therapy is a specific approach to psychotherapy that emphasises the usefulness of actively using the relationship between the therapist and the client as the main tool to bring about change. It is particularly suited to work with clients who have an undifferentiated sense of their own identity perhaps because of dependency issues, poor self image, low self esteem. By working with the transference and countertransference aspects of the relationship the therapist can help them develop a clearer view of themselves


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ReferencesEdit

BooksEdit

  • Adams, R. (2004). The Five Good Things in Cross-Cultural Therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Baca, B. J., Schafer, S. L., & Helmeke, K. B. (2006). Empathic Attunement in Marital Therapy As a Spiritual State: Some Thoughts and Strategies for Its Development. New York, NY: Haworth Press.
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  • Walls, C. (2004). Me, Them, Us: Developing Mutuality in a Couple's Therapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
  • Whisman, M. A., McKelvie, M. L., & Chatav, Y. (2005). Couple Distress. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

PapersEdit

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  • Kahn, M. D. (2002). Self-object relationship therapy with couples. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
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DissertationsEdit

  • Brooks, L. W. (1997). An investigation of Relationship Enhancement Therapy in a group format with rural, southern couples. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Cohn, T. J. (2007). Perceived relationship equality, relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction using longitudinal growth models. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Daiuto, A. D. (1997). A meta-analytic evaluation of the interpersonal model of agoraphobia. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
  • Heckler, R. A. (1982). Reaching for the sun: A phenomenological approach to the therapist's experience of healing in psychotherapy: Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Heller, B. C. (2000). An evaluation of Imago Relationship Therapy through its use in the Getting The Love You Want workshop: A quantitative/qualitative assessment. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
  • Kelley, F. A. (2003). Development and psychometric investigation of the real relationship inventory. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
  • Levinson, G. (2003). Their experience of me: A psychotherapeutic process. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
  • McClung, T. M. (2008). An investigation of beliefs and practices of conservative protestant parents and the cultural applicability of child parent relationship therapy. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Myers, S. A. (1995). Contextualizing empathy: A relational study. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.
  • Pienaar, E. (1998). The relation therapy theory: An educational psychological theory for diagnoses and therapy. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences.
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  • Schefft, B. K. (1984). Self-management therapy versus cognitive restructuring plus behavior rehearsal versus relationship psychotherapy: A controlled study of process and outcome: Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Vernon, R. F. (2003). The therapy relationship: Developing a sound metaphysical description of personal relations. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering.

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