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Family Therapy

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Aspects of Experiential and Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy Applied Godzilla
Family Systems Theory
Monster University
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Aspects of Experiential and Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy Applied Family therapy has traversed a varied and undulating path, while being influence by a multitude of psychological models. Ally& Bacon (1998a) describe various aspects of psychodynamic and humanistic theory, other individual psychology approaches, marriage counseling, child guidance, social psychology, group dynamics, and more in-depth foci on family structures and processes. Two categories of therapies will receive focus in this paper: Experiential Family Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies, both of which draw heavily from theories which focus primarily on the individual.

Virginia Satir's approach to Experiential Family Therapy will be examined. The goal will to present a summary of some of the highlights, rather than an exhaustive examination. Certain aspects of general Cognitive and Behavioral psychology will be noted. One main objective will be to draw from these therapies while presenting a brief approach to family counseling unique to this paper. The main concepts of this approach will be applied to a case study of a family unit. There will admittedly be a limited treatment of the more complex systemic family therapies. This will hopefully provide an interesting overview of a creative synthesis of ideas, and a general application of individual and family therapeutic strategies. Satir's Experiential/Humanistic Overview

Virginia Satir was a pioneer in the field of experiential family therapy. Satir's work has received both commendation for its compassion and criticism for its lack of scientific underpinning (Family Therapy, 2006). Her beliefs were considered to be counter to the then prevalent emphasis on scientific research and theory development in family therapy circles (Family Therapy, 1998). Nichols and Schwartz (2004) viewed the original...

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