Integrative Relational Psychotherapy is a demonstration and discussion of Paul L. Wachtel's approach to treating clients. In this approach, the therapeutic work centers on disrupting the vicious circles in which clients' interactions with others perpetuate the distressing affect states and the internal conflicts that generated their actions in the first place.
In this session, Dr. Wachtel works with a young woman who is experiencing stress in her marriage surrounding her husband's family and their overinvolvement in their life. Dr. Wachtel works with her to begin to define the boundaries she requires for her own well-being. They also start to look at the way she may be undermining her own efforts to achieve balance in her relationships.