On Family and Couples Therapy

Line and Communication Styles

There are many precursors and theories of family and couple therapy. Therapist; can proceed with an approach according to the content of the problem, family structure, communication styles and their own expertise, or can apply more than one approach together.

Virginia Satir, who is in the beginning of family and couple therapy, is frequently used in session rooms due to the functionality of her techniques and theory. It would be useful to meet Satir in order to have an idea about family and couple therapy.

Humanity and intimacy are extremely important concepts for Satir. The therapist’s humanity is seen as more important than his expertise. In family and couple therapy, the client is the relationship and therefore loyalty is to the relationship. Being able to be in the room impartially, unburdened and without judgment is of great importance.

In the satyr school, he removes the focus of the person he calls “star”, who is seen as a scapegoat, so to speak, and who is the reason for coming to therapy. He sees the problem as the problem of the whole family and asks everyone to take responsibility for the solution.

Balance is an extremely important concept in this school. If the balance is disturbed, family members may falter. The goal is to restore the balance.

It is an approach that emphasizes 5 forms of communication. The basis he advocates is that the same message can be delivered in different ways, and the way the message is delivered can move the whole communication to a different point.

  1. soothing communication

  2. accusatory communication

  3. Super logical communication

  4. Appropriate communication

  5. unrelated communication

Discovering which of these forms of communication dominates relationships is of great importance for therapists and clients.

The satyr approach is highly humanistic and not pathology focused. What is important for this approach is how the pathologies affect the person and the family. For example, even if only one person has experienced the trauma, its consequences affect the family and systems. It is based on communication in the separation of healthy and unhealthy families, and aims to restore the disrupted balance.

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