Relational Therapy Suitable for all ages – From newborns to adults
Who is Relational Therapy useful for?
- Babies and children with their parents/primary carers
- During pregnancy and birth
For adults it is useful in these relational spaces
- Intimate/ romantic
We are naturally social and relational beings. We do better in the world when we can relate with those around us rather than be in reaction. This is especially true in early life. Once we are born the part of our brain that supports relationship begins to grow: It only grows from being in relationship!
Events come and go in our life – even when we are in the womb. If we have the capacity to mobilise, move through and integrate these events, are ability to be loving relationship remains.
Life happens, and we can get stuck in the event. Instinctively, we find a way to survive what has become an overwhelming situation. We develop a survival pattern that incorporates our feelings and sensations from that time. We call this a Trauma Imprint. It has no date associated to it. When a trauma imprint is accessed today, these feelings and sensations feel like they are to do with now. We react in a way that seems out of context. Perhaps getting angry, emotional, needing to leave the room for what seems no reason. Our reaction may trigger those around us to touch their own imprints. We may be perceived to behaving childishly as a result.
With babies and children, these trauma imprints can affect the ability to feed, sleep, settle and can result in what feels like inconsolable crying.
Relational Therapy was developed to support the integration of these imprints so that we can move out of this reaction into a loving and relational space.
Relational therapy incorporates Polarity, Craniosacral, Pre- and perinatal and Somatic Experience® therapies under First Expression.