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For inquiries about
the Toronto Institute for
Relational Psychotherapy
program please contact the registrar at registrar@tirp.ca
or mailing address:
1046 - 7 B Pleasant Boulevard
Toronto, ON  M4T 1K2
site address:
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

For inquiries about the
Low-Cost Therapy service
see tirp-lowcost-therapy.ca

Relational Psychotherapy

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:

  1. Emotional well-being depends on having satisfying mutual relationships with others.
  2. Emotional distress is often rooted in patterns of relational experience, past and present, which have the power to demean and deaden the self.
  3. The relational therapist tries to understand the client's unique self-experience in its social/relational context and to respond with empathy and genuine presence.
  4. Together, client and therapist create a new in-depth relationship which is supportive, strengthening, and enlivening for the client.
  5. Within this secure relationship, the client can safely re-experience, and then find freedom from, the powerful effects of destructive relationships, past and present.

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.

Low-Cost Therapy

The Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy offers a therapy referral service to the general public. For this service, please visit tirp-lowcost-therapy.ca and contact a TIRP student or recent graduate directly.

Student therapists offer their services for $25 (including HST) per session. This fee is applicable for as long as the student is in training.

Relational therapy with senior students and graduates of the Institute is available on a sliding scale between $40 and $80 (including HST) for both individual and couples therapy.

Low cost TIRP therapists practice in St Catharines, Collingwood, Oakville, Waterloo, Brampton, Toronto, Hamilton, 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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