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1 Experiential Versus Narrative Family Therapies Walden University NURS 6650 09/15/2020
2 Part 1: Experiential Versus Narrative Family Therapies Family therapies have been proven effective in treating mental disorders, as well as other issues that affect individual family members. The main goal of family therapies is to enhance communication between family members, as the therapists direct solve family issues and minimize conflicts. During the therapy, the resources, as well as the autonomy of clients and their families, become the therapeutic levers. This study will focus on comparing experiential family therapy and narrative family therapy, as well as how the experiential family therapy is applied in a family setting. Key Points of Experiential and Narrative Family Therapies Experiential family therapy originated from humanistic psychology to express situations as they happen through experience. The therapy focuses on “hear-and-now” thinking, where the therapists are concerned with emotional interaction sequences within the family, as well as for individuals (Faddis & Cobb, 2016). The therapy aims at developing effective communication with each individual while each family member enhances his/her sense of self-esteem and authenticity. This form of therapy does not provide solutions; instead, it encourages the affected persons to find their own solutions in the course of the therapeutic process. In post-modernism, family therapy is perceived as individuals’ interpretation, construction, and story-telling of their realities, and it is through these actions that the field of narrative family therapy emerged (Faddis & Cobb, 2016). Narrative therapy assumes that individuals are detached from their problems and that problems are not part of individuals, but a problem-saturated story. The narrative family therapy corresponds with the social constructionist perspective, where the reality is constructed and influenced by language, as individuals seek self-

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