Family Therapy

analytical Essay
1719 words
1719 words

In family therapy sessions, therapists encounter unique dilemmas when only one partner enters into therapy because only one viewpoint of the problem is provided (American Psychological Association, 2002). This is what presents itself for us today. A husband has asked for help in protecting himself and his children from his wife’s outbursts. His family consists of his wife of 11 years, Angelina; his son, John, age nine; and his delicate daughter, Jackie, age seven. Since this client is reserved and uncomfortable within the therapy session as demonstrated by his folded arms and leaning back in his chair away from the therapist, the therapist will begin by using client-centered, therapy-based questions (Rogers, 1946). Post-modern family therapy will incorporate various styles of therapy depending on what a therapist determines is most helpful at any one point during the therapy process (Nichols, 2008). Combining client-centered and experiential therapies would be a logical pairing in this situation (Elliott & Freire, 2007). We will examine the initial interview. The session starts by the therapist making introductions and gathering information as to problems, family structure, interests, and job responsibilities both within and outside of the family. These are all possible subjects to help open up discussion and ease the client into the therapy process (Rogers, 1946). Here, the therapist notes that the man is feeling out of his element, which he quickly admits to. The husband explains that he is used to dealing with issues himself, so that asking a third party for assistance is out of his comfort zone. The therapist seems to miss the man’s explanation for why he prefers to deal with issues on his own. After the therapi... ... middle of paper ... ...experiential perspectives on Rogers (1957). Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 285–288. doi: 10.1037/0033-3204.44.3.285 Gurman, A. S., & Fraenkel, P. (2002, Summer). The history of couple therapy: A millennial review. Family Process, 41, 199-260. Retrieved from Iveson, C. (2002). Solution-focused brief therapy. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 8, 149-157. Retrieved from Mahrer, A. R. (2007). Introduction to a mythical family: How to do experiential psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy; 61, 231-239. Retrieved from Nichols, M. P. (2008). Family therapy: Concepts and methods (9th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Rogers, C. R. (1946). Significant aspects of client-centered therapy [1]. American Psychologist, 1, 415-422. Retrieved from

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that therapists encounter unique dilemmas when only one partner enters therapy because only a viewpoint of the problem is provided. a husband asks for help in protecting himself and his children from his wife's outbursts.
  • Analyzes how the therapist introduces and gathers information about problems, family structure, interests, and job responsibilities to ease the client into the therapy process.
  • Analyzes how the client reveals his priorities, values, and attitude to the therapist in the first six minutes of the therapy session.
  • Analyzes how the therapist does not delve further into what may be the root causes of the wife's emotions. the husband doesn't define the abuse he endures from his wife.
  • Analyzes how the husband refers to his wife as a "control freak" and how he defines his own attitude and style of interaction with his family.
  • Analyzes how the husband indicated he has a support system when describing his family and his friend referring him to therapy. how much interaction does angelina and her children have with his parents and siblings?
  • Explains that the therapist will need to learn what changes john and his family are ready to make to provide a better future for their family.
  • Argues that a therapist should remain transparent; they should not give indications of any preconceived opinions of the clients or their situation. rogers indicated that it is important to learn the client's perspective on various family issues.
  • Opines that therapists should not restrict themselves to the teachings or guidelines of any one school of thought, but be willing to combine them whenever in the best interest of their client.
  • Explains the american psychological association's ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct.
  • Explains that aipc presents: counseling therapies: session 1: person centered therapy.
  • Explains elliott, freire, and rogers in psychotherapy: theory, research, practice, training, 44, 285–288.
  • Cites gurman, a. s., and fraenkel, p. the history of couple therapy: a millennial review. family process, 41, 199-260.
  • Explains iveson, c. (2002). solution-focused brief therapy. advances in psychiatric treatment, 8, 149-157.
  • Explains mahrer, a. r. (2007). introduction to a mythical family: how to do experiential psychotherapy.
  • Explains nichols, m. p., family therapy: concepts and methods, boston: allyn & bacon.
  • Cites rogers, c. r., "significant aspects of client-centered therapy", american psychologist, 1, 415-422.
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