Simpsons Family Therapy

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1982 words

Family Referral

Today I received a referral from a family who is seeking help regarding their dysfunctional family structure. The Simpson’s are a nuclear family that is having difficulties living as a family. I have already spoken to Marge Simpson and agreed to find a way to get her husband and children to therapy. She has very high aspirations of attending therapy with her family because she has longed for a “normal” functioning family in which her husband and children interact in a much healthier manner than they do now. She described her husband of being careless, her son uncontrollable ate times, and her daughters disconnected from the family. We have set up the meeting for next week, Wednesday at six, when she believed her family would be more willing to attend and actually participate in the therapy session.

First Session/Introduction

The Simpson family is scheduled to meet today with me at six, I’m eager to see if Marge Simpson is successful in bringing her family in for therapy. I happen to glace at the clock and noticed that it is 6:00 already and the family is not here. Since Marge had mentioned that her family was dysfunctional and disorganized I decided to give them a few more minutes thinking that Marge could have had a hard time getting her family together to come to therapy. While I wait I try to imagine how the Simpson family will be when they walk through the door. It is now 6:10 and still no Simpson family. I was beginning to think that Marge was not successful in getting her family to therapy when Marge barged through the door. She apologized for being late, and I could tell her family had given her a hard time getting to therapy. I introduced my-self and asked the family to have a seat.

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...houghts and feelings about themselves, the world, and others into positive things which resulted in long lasting changes. Since Dr. Beck’s initial cognitive behavioral therapy there have been many researchers and theorists who have expanded on his work which has lead CBT to evolve very positively.

CBT has been known to cure a variety of disorders both in clinical environments and non-clinical environments. This type of therapy technique has been tested for efficacy and has proven to be highly effective. Furthermore, the future for CBT looks very positive as well. Researchers and theorist are now working on making this type of therapy available for suicide prevention, schizophrenia, and other psychopathologies.

Works Cited

Beck, J. S. (2005). Cognitive therapy for challenging problems: What to do when the basics don't work. New York: Guilford Press

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how marge simpson, a nuclear family, is seeking help regarding their dysfunctional family structure. she has high aspirations of attending therapy with her family.
  • Describes how they were eager to see if marge simpson was successful in bringing her family in for therapy.
  • Explains that marge sat with her baby in the couch, her son, and her husband on the recliner. they tried to break the tension by asking the family how they were doing.
  • Explains that they wanted to get to know the whole family and learn about their concerns and what they each wanted from therapy. marge was eager to start family therapy, while lisa was hoping that her father and brother would learn to behave appropriately.
  • Opines that the simpson family is a close family and that homer needs to stop lounging around and drinking and step in and help marge with the kids.
  • Opines that the family should seek help from the school psychologist to develop a behavioral plan that suites bart's need. lisa needs to learn how to change all her negative thoughts and feelings into more positive ones.
  • Opines that homer displays an image of a man with very low iq (id), but he is lazy and needs motivation.
  • Explains that psychoanalytic therapy examines how the unconscious mind influences our thoughts and behaviors. early childhood seems to be the main focus in psychoanalysis because it helps the therapist understand the events that shaped the individual.
  • Explains that psychoanalysts believe that childhood events and unconscious feelings, thoughts, and motivations play a role in mental illness and maladaptive behaviors. therapists are empathetic and offer nonjudgmental environments which make the patient feel safe and open up to the therapist.
  • Explains that they have asked homer, and marge to work on a family tree individually. family trees are helpful in therapy because they help answer many questions.
  • Opines that marge is the only one making an effort and wanting to be here.
  • Analyzes how marge's family tree was structured and detailed; her mother was compulsive when it came to cleaning, and her twin sisters were always upsetting her.
  • Explains that marge is a loving and caring wife and mother. she has older twin sisters, patty and selma, who don't get along with homer.
  • Describes homer simpson, 36, who works at springfield's nuclear power plant as a safety inspector for sector 7g. he enjoys sleeping, eating doughnuts, and hanging around vending machines.
  • Explains that bart is the eldest of three; he is 10 years old and enjoys making his sister mad. his behavior has caused the family many problems and the police have had to get involved.
  • Explains that lisa is a vegetarian despite her short age. she is intelligent, political, talented saxophone player, and environmentalist. her mother reminds her to smile.
  • Explains that maggiemaggie is the youngest child in the family. she spends most of her time sucking on her red pacifier and watching television.
  • Explains cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviors. dr. aaron t. beck pioneered cbt in the 1960s and has evolved since.
  • Explains that cbt has been known to cure a variety of disorders both in clinical and non-clinical environments. researchers and theorists are now working on making this type of therapy available for suicide prevention, schizophrenia, and other psychopathologies.
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