Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 23–34

Virginia Satir: An Integrated, Humanistic Approach

  • Russell Haber

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014317420921

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Haber, R. Contemporary Family Therapy (2002) 24: 23. doi:10.1023/A:1014317420921


This article traces professional and personal influences that helped Virginia Satir to shape her worldview. She was an integrative humanist who included body, mind, emotional, and spiritual processes to transform systems ranging from the molecular to the cosmic. Her theories and techniques offered a wellspring of hope and possibility to individuals as well as large assemblies. The presentation of a case with young, abused children demonstrates her use of self (through physical touch) by sensitively reframing the cycle of violence as an opportunity for safe, cooperative contact.

Virginia Satir humanism family therapy individual therapy spirituality systems transformation 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Haber
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  1. 1.Counseling and Human Development CenterUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia

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