Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Simon, George

  • Aaron CohnEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_800


George M. Simon, M.S. (1953 –)


Over the course of three decades of scholarship and practice, George Simon has helped family therapists grasp how their work with clients is informed by their own philosophical assumptions and those of their chosen theoretical model. His books and articles explore the relationship between theory and practice, advancing the argument that family therapy training, much more than than the mere conveyance of specific techniques and theories of behavior, must promote trainees’ awareness of their most deeply held beliefs about the world.


Simon studied meteorology at New York University before earning master’s degrees in philosophy and counseling from Fordham University. Although he would consider his choice of clinical approaches to have formed long before he met his famous mentor, a 3-year externship under Salvador Minuchin, the chief exponent of the structural model, crystallized Simon’s approach to therapy. For 3 years, Simon served...

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  1. Simon, G. M. (1989). An alternative defense of eclecticism: Responding to Kelly and Ginter. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 11(3), 280–288.Google Scholar
  2. Simon, G. M. (1995). A revisionist rendering of structural family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 21(1), 17–26.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-0606.1995.tb00135.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Simon, G. M. (2003). Beyond technique in family therapy: Finding your therapeutic voice. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Google Scholar
  4. Simon, G. M. (2004). An examination of the integrative nature of emotionally focused therapy. The Family Journal, 12(3), 254–262.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480704264348.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Simon, G. M. (2006). The heart of the matter: A proposal for placing the self of the therapist at the center of family therapy research and training. Family Process, 45(3), 331–344.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2006.00174.x.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA