Experiential Family Therapy Analysis

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The practice of experiential family therapy was formed from the basis of phenomenological techniques. (Goldberg and Goldberg) Phenomenological psychology focuses on an individual’s or family’s unique experiences. Experiential therapy builds on this concept and involves more activities, and less theory. Experiential therapists embrace the ideas of experience, encounter, confrontation, growth, and so forth to establish a therapy that elicits personal growth and unblocks family interaction. (Goldenberg and Goldberg) Each family’s experiential intervention is tailored to their needs. Since each family is unique, each member of the family has to be helped to become aware of and reach their potential. Thus, experiential therapy is a personal and interactive experience with the family or individual and the therapist.…show more content…
S-EFT addressed both individual and family relational problems. Under the presumption that experience changes the family and not education, Whitaker helped “family members dislodge rigid and repetitive ways of interacting by substituting more spontaneous and flexible ways of accepting and dealing with impulses.”(Goldenberg and Goldenberg) Experiential therapy includes a therapist who actively facilitates new experiences with family The role of the therapist is to help the family maintain a sense of togetherness while each family member maintains their own autonomy. The assessment is unstructured and the aim is to search for feelings and impulses that block growth and fulfillment. The goal of therapy is to create a sense of togetherness and autonomy. Individuals will hopefully be able to learn how to express themselves. These concepts of experiential family therapy can be seen in Carl Whitaker’s family therapy

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