Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Reflecting Team in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Dan WulffEmail author
  • Sally St. George
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_324

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Reflecting Team in Couple and Family Therapy


Reflecting process; Reflecting team process


Reflecting teams are one of the most influential and widely used practices in couple and family therapy. They provide a nondefensive context for offering new ideas and perspectives into therapy sessions that can support the therapeutic conversation in the therapy room and/or generate new avenues that can be explored by the family and the therapist. During the main part of the interview, the reflecting team sits quietly behind the mirror, not conversing but attending to their own thoughts and experiences while observing and listening to the therapy session. When called upon by the therapist and family, the reflectors offer their thoughts through a conversation among themselves that the family and therapist listen to from behind a one-way mirror, without the expectation to respond. “Overhearing” the reflectors’ various viewpoints offers the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eli Karam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA