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Contextual Therapy

Contextual Therapy

Contextual family therapy is a nondirective form of therapy that, through promotion of mutual understanding and trust, fosters a dialogue between family members and makes change possible.

Contextual therapy was pioneered and developed by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy.  His central thesis was that disturbances in individuals and families are an expression and a consequence of an imbalance in giving and taking, entitlement and fulfillment, particularly in the realm of caring. 

 

Contextual therapy tries to balance the ledger of merits and demerits by establishing a sense of mutual responsibility.  When a family works on increasing fairness in their relationships, problems or symptoms will decrease. Fairness is based on a true understanding of the other’s side, being responsible and accountable for one’s own behaviors, and taking action to correct mistakes.

Sources:
http://behavenet.com/contextual-therapy
http://contextualfamilyservices.org/contextualtherapy