Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Nichols, Michael

  • Jorge ColapintoEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1037


Nichols, Michael


Michael P. Nichols is a family therapist, teacher, and author. His writing includes a classic systematization of the field of family therapy, as well as his own contributions to theory and practice.


Nichols obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester (1973) and undertook postdoctoral training with Salvador Minuchin at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, with Murray Bowen in Washington DC, and at the Lenox Hill Psychoanalytic Institute in New York.

In 1973 Nichols began teaching at Emory University, as assistant professor of clinical psychology, and later served as acting director of clinical training. In 1977 he moved to Albany Medical College where he worked for 17 years, as professor of psychiatry, director of family therapy training, and director of outpatient psychiatry. Since 1994 he has been professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary. He has taught on a wide range of subjects, including...

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  1. Minuchin, S., & Nichols, M. P. (1993). Family healing: Tales of hope and renewal from family therapy. New York: Free Press.Google Scholar
  2. Minuchin, S., Nichols, M. P., & Lee, W.-Y. (2006). Assessing families and couples: From symptom to system. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Google Scholar
  3. Nichols, M. P. (1987). The self in the system: Expanding the limits of family therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar
  4. Nichols, M. P. (1999). Inside family therapy. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Google Scholar
  5. Nichols, M. P., & Fellenberg, S. (2000). The effective use of enactments in structural family therapy: Discovery-oriented process study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 143–152.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  6. Nichols, M. P., & Davis, S. (2016). Family therapy: Concepts and methods. Pearson.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minuchin Center for the FamilyWoodburyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam R. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA