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Experiential Family Therapy
An explanation of experiential family therapy.
# 145120 | 3,289 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2010 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (General)

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This paper, which explores experiential family therapy, asserts that "moments of truth" uncovered and/or discovered for the first time in a person's experience constitutes the heart of this particular therapeutic process. The paper quotes examples from various studies including a brief case study of a young woman and finished with the conclusion that ultimately, successful experiential family therapy, helps the patient choose the experiences that best define him/her.

Experiential Family Therapy Considerations
Fran Harris
Emphatic Understanding
The Experiencing Scale
Symbolic-experiential therapy
Challenges in Experiential Therapy

From the Paper:

''In The Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy, Hubert J. M. Hermans, Giancarlo Dimaggio, and Brunner-Routledge, (2004) relate core assumptions that underlie Experiential Family Therapy. Hermans, Dimaggio, and Brunner-Routledge cite Angus and Mcleodn (2004) to assert that this therapy model reflects ''a sense of therapist's helping clients to access and differentiate emergent emotion schemes while clients shift to reflexive meaning-making processes in therapy sessions'' (Angus & Mcleod, p. 80). Experiential Family Therapy is perceived to be co-constructed, as it arises from the client and therapist intentions being interplayed. In experiential therapy, Angus and Mcleod stress, the disclosure of salient personal memories, along with the client's expression of experiences proves foundational to the inception of change experiences (p. 80),
''In ''Introduction to a mythical family: How to do Experiential Psychotherapy,'' Alvin R. Mahrer (2007) argues that no such thing as an "experiential family" of psychotherapies exists. He contends a better perception of the practice could be that it consists of therapy which includes multiple kinships and allegiances with both the experiential and various neighboring families. Experiential psychotherapy, nevertheless Mahrer contends, is traditionally accepted as one of the primary families of psychotherapy.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angus, L., & Mcleod, J. (2004). Chapter 5 Self-Multiplicity and Narrative Expression in Psychotherapy. In The Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy, Hermans, H. J. & Dimaggio, G. (Eds.) (pp. 77-90). New York: Brunner-Routledge. Retrieved December 10, 2008, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=108825273
  • Clarke, C. V. (2004, January). Profiles in Courage: One Lost a Parent, One Lost His Health, One Lost Her Way, and the Other Sought the Family He Never Knew. Their Honest and Uplifting Stories May Help You Face Your Own Moment of Truth. Black Enterprise, 34, 78+. Retrieved December 10, 2008, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5002443483
  • Denofsky, H. (2006). Obstacles in Therapy: Redefining the Therapeutic Role. Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, 9(1), 11+. Retrieved December 10, 2008, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5017754638
  • Elliott, Robert & Greenberg, Leslie S. (2007). The Essence of Process-Experiential/Emotion-Focused Therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy Belfer Education Center. Retrieved December 10, 2008 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-1415014501.html
  • Johnson, S. M. (2004). The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection. New York: Brunner-Routledge. Retrieved December 10, 2008, from Questia database: http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=108021736

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