Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 443–451 | Cite as

A Family Therapist for Life: Observations and Options

  • William C. NicholsEmail author
Original Paper


“Life” is used here in the chronological sense of years spent as a family therapist and in the existential sense of experiencing “life” in terms of satisfaction, meaning, and vitality in one’s living. In the 1950s, there were few guidelines for professionals recognizing the need for working therapeutically with families. Becoming and being a family therapist are discussed, along with lifetime learning about family and tolerance for ambiguity in understanding family and marital relationships and dynamics; flexibility in implementing therapeutic interventions; functioning in ways that fit with one’s personality, beliefs, and principles; working where one functions best; and what works at what stage for the family therapist and relating these to establishing and maintaining “life” in one’s living.


Family therapy Career development “Life” and satisfaction Life-long learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AthensUSA

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