Relational psychotherapy is a powerful, effective model for working with individuals who suffer from chronic emotional, psychological, and/or relational distress. Relational psychotherapy is based on the following principles:
Relational therapists help clients understand, on the one hand, their own patterns of thoughts and feelings about themselves, and on the other hand, the power of significant relationships, past and present, to shape this self-experience. Through the interpersonal process of therapeutic interaction, relational therapy strengthens and transforms a client's sense of self, which in turn enhances his/her/their confidence and well-being in the world. Empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection are both the process and the goal of relational psychotherapy.
With this perspective on therapy and relationship, a relational therapist takes seriously the interpersonal impact of power differentials and social issues such as race, class, culture, gender, and sexual difference, and works with these issues as they are present in the client's life and in the therapy relationship.
The principles of relational psychotherapy taught by the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy are drawn from self psychology, intersubjectivity theory, relational psychoanalysis, psychodynamic developmental theory, trauma theory, and feminist theories of psychotherapy.
The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy offers a therapy referral service to the general public. Anyone may visit tirp-lowcost-therapy.ca and contact a TIRP student or recent graduate directly.
Student therapists offer their services for $20 (including HST) per session. This fee is applicable for as long as the student is in training.
Relational therapy with recent graduates of the Institute is available at $40 (including HST) per session for up to 20 sessions.
Senior students and graduates also offer couples therapy at $40 (including HST) per session for up to 12 sessions.
When there are no spaces immediately available with a student or recent graduate, we suggest you also consult our graduates list. Many of these experienced relational therapists are willing to negotiate a reasonable fee on a sliding scale.
Low cost TIRP therapists practice in St Catharines, Collingwood, Oakville, Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville, Newmarket, London, and Barry's Bay.
All therapy sessions are conducted according to the Institute's standards of professional ethics, which include confidentiality and appropriate supervision. The faculty who supervise student work are experienced as therapists, consultants, and supervisors.
To find a therapist please go to our website
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