Relational Cultural Theory asserts that as human beings, we grow through and toward relationships, or "connection", throughout our lifespan and that chronic relational disconnection and violations are a primary source of human suffering, at a personal and societal level.
In the past few years, neuroscientific data has shown that we come into the world ready to connect. The new research is providing hopeful data about the lifelong malleability of the brain, and is demonstrating that we are hardwired to connect! These relatively recent advances in neuroscience have simply corroborated the understanding of relational development posited by the Relational Cultural theorists.
Because RCT is a theoretical framework, rather than a therapeutic technique, you will not notice me "using" this model in our sessions. What you may notice, though, is that I will pay very close attention to our relationship, our connection, and that our therapeutic relationship in turn becomes a secure home base from which you will work within your other relationships, knowing that I will be engaged and present to guide you, challenge you, and fully support you in your growth and change.
Sense of worth
Desire for more connection
Round Table discussions with RCT scholars (You Tube)
The Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationships In Therapy and in Life, Jean Baker Miller, M.D., Irene Pierce Stiver, PhD
The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, Louis Cozolino
The Dance of Anger: A Women's Guide to Changing Patterns in Relationships, Harriet Lerner
Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk About Sexuality, Deborah L. Tolman
Finding Our Fathers: How a Man's Life is Shaped by His Relationship with His Father, Sam Osherson
Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, Michael Kimmel
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development, Carol Gilligan
Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls' Anger, Lyn Mikel Brown
Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood, William Pollack
So Sexy, So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children, Diane Levin and Jean Kilbourne