Relational Field

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Definition

‘The conjoined fields of interplay between practitioner and client’[1]

Derivation

Sills?

Discussion

We are relational beings. Healing occurs in relationship, always. The therapist acts as a witness and facilitator in the healing process, without imposing change.

'The relational field established by the practitioner is fundamental to establishing safety and pacing and containing the work. Sills[2] is clear that we can recreate a safe holding field, through our therapeutic presence, that meets the basic needs of the human being to be recognized, validated and accepted – a quality of ‘being to being’.'[3]

Perceptual field includes what you can sense in the present moment. Relational field is very similar but is focused on the human being you are relating too. Relational field can include history and future expectations. For example, you may be in a relational field with someone close to you, even if they are not in the room. You know where they are (probably) and your present is to some extent determined by what has already happened between you (you live with them, you dropped them off this morning, you trust them) and what is likely to happen in the future (you will see them soon, eat with them, be reassured by them).

References

  1. Ukleja, K. (2009) ‘Biodynamic: what’s in a name?’ The Fulcrum, letter, Sept. Available at www.craniosacral.co.uk, accessed May 2010.
  2. Sills, F. (2009) Being and Becoming – Psychodynamics, Buddhism, and the Origins of Selfhood. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
  3. Sumner, G. and Haines, S. (2010) Cranial Intelligence - A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. London: Singing Dragon. p185