Auto/fictioning (the) contemporary (in) human relations and psychotherapeutic processes
This writing inquiry presents an autofiction through which contemporary relationality and relationally-oriented psychotherapy are examined. Fictioning is used as a method that allows experience to be worked through in an imaginary, virtual or speculative zone, in which new thought is possible, affecting through its relation though not directly acting upon, material reality. Autofiction as a form of creative expression, enables articulation of an oscillating metamodern ‘structure of feeling’, which lends complexity to our understanding of contemporary intersubjectivity, becoming a valuable ontological and epistemological positioning for those concerned with relationality. The author recognises the interplay of creative form and relational action that generates new thought, understanding and expression, thus residing at the core of the transformation that psychotherapy reaches-longingly toward. The thesis is moving ever closer to an artful, collaborative, creative-relational psychotherapy, that is future-oriented, sustainable and makes room for the more than human.