Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 7–22 | Cite as

The Satir Model: Yesterday and Today

  • John Banmen


This article represents an attempt to update the reader by bringing into focus some of the more important components of the Satir model. The intrapsychic aspect of therapy is explained in the form if an iceberg metaphor. The use of the Satir family map, or genogram, is illustrated for use in individual and family therapy. Also, the various steps of a Satir model therapy session are listed. The Satir model has developed into a brief, transformational change model while keeping the earlier theoretical base intact.

Satir brief therapy family therapy intrapsychic transformational change family of origin coping stances congruence 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Banmen
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  1. 1.Satir Institute of the PacificCanada
  2. 2.University of Hong KongPeoples Republic of China
  3. 3.Delta Psychological ServicesDeltaCanada

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