Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 68–78 | Cite as

The Enneagram: An Enhancement to Family Therapy

  • Miles MatiseEmail author


The enneagram (pronounced any-a-gram) is an ancient tool consisting of nine points depicting personality styles. It is a tool that can be integrated into different theoretical approaches. The enneagram is adaptable to the unique style of each client and can aid a counselor in conceptualizing a client or family. This manuscript includes the enneagram theory integrated within a family systems framework. To demonstrate the enneagram’s compatibility with family systems perspective, the enneagram is presented to facilitate therapy with a couple. A case study is provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the enneagram as a tool to promote awareness in the counseling relationship.


Enneagram Counseling Family therapy Spirituality Personality Typologies 


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  1. 1.Troy UniversityFort Walton BeachUSA

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