The "relational" of relational therapy has three interconnected meanings. First, if you are going to let yourself be understood, you need to trust the person who offers to understand you; therefore, your therapist will take care to develop a trustworthy relationship with you. Second, your therapist will want to understand you in the contexts of your life, and one important context is your current relationships -- how they tell you who you are and what you're worth. Third, since your early relationships also helped define your sense of self, it can be useful to think about them, too. Making sense of your relational patterns can significantly change them, along with your sense of self, especially when you're exploring from within a trustworthy relationship where what matters is who you really are and what you really feel.