The Importance Of Relational Practice On Mental Health And Her Struggles With Anxiety
In this paper, I will critique an interaction I had with my sister, Hannah, regarding the state of her mental health and her struggles with anxiety. I will discuss our communication styles, as well as the specific relational skills utilized in our conversation, including: the relational capacities; the skills of letting be and being in sync; types of listening and responding; types of non-listening; perception checking; the four approaches to inquiry; compliance; and vulnerability (Alder et al., 2009; Doane & Varcoe, 2005; Doane & Varcoe, 2015).
Relational capacities are a group of five skills pertaining to interpersonal practice which include: initiative, authenticity and responsiveness; mutuality and synchrony; honouring complexity and ambiguity; intentionality; and re-imagining (Doane & Varcoe, 2005).
Firstly, the capacities of initiative, authenticity, and responsiveness involves “reaching out and intending” (Doane & Varcoe, 2005, p. 193). This facilitates the creation of a meaningful connection, and I was able to fulfil this capacity. I have a close relationship…