Relational Depth

Di Malta, Gina; Anderson, Ruth and Cooper, Mick (2024). Relational Depth. In: Di Malta, Gina; Cooper, Mick; Gololob, Yana; O'Hara, Maureen and Stephen, Susan eds. The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (3rd ed.). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic (In Press), pp. 239–251.


Relational depth refers to bidirectional moments of deep contact and engagement and enduring experiences of connectedness. Experiences of relational depth can have an important therapeutic impact for clients across different contexts, helping them to reconnect with themselves and others, and reducing psychological distress. While not all clients are looking for relational depth, it is helpful for therapists to understand how they might facilitate – or inhibit this experience. Research on relational depth continues to uncover benefits of the experience and new developments include relational depth training across counselling courses in the United Kingdom and internationally.

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