An Example of the Use of Self in Satir-Based Family Therapy

Novak, Sandy
April 2012
Satir Journal;Spring2012, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p21
Academic Journal
The author defines Satir's "use of self " as a tool in Satir therapy with families. She outlines the change-focused steps of a Satir family session and then shares a case study of a family in crisis, illuminating her personal "use of self " experiences in each of five sessions. She proposes that Satir's therapeutic effectiveness can be achieved by other therapists, in part through developing the personal congruence of the therapist.


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