This is a fused relationship because he demonstrates

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to the “perceived demands” of other members in the family. This is a fused relationship because Helen demonstrates an emotional closeness to the Alec, despite his wrongdoings, There is no accountability for Alec’s behaviors. The goal in therapy with Helen is to gain differentiation of self. To avoid anxiety induced physical symptoms, differentiation will allow Helen to “remain emotionally connected (Brown, 1999). Using enmeshment of the structural family theory, However, this parent to child subsystem can be exuded unhealthy behaviors and emotions. Also, enmeshment in this family can be identified by Helen’s perceived thoughts that she carries the burdens of others and that she is the protector of all the family members. This is observed by her putting everyone else’s needs above hers. According to Vetere (2001), structural family therapy encourages the family to problem solve jointly and develop “alternative responses” that foster a healthy therapeutic relationship. Bowen’s family theory was more helpful in my analysis as it emphasizes how a family can be affected and how individual dysfunction can change the functionality of family dynamics. This theory enables and encourages a more insight on personal problems and to find self-resolution. The Satir Model is more strengths- based because it emphasizes that every individual has innate coping skills that need to be enhanced and places emphasis on family origin work. The four goals for personal change are to increase self-esteem, encouraging the initiation decision-making skills, facilitating personal responsibility, and encourage congruence (Banmen, 2002).

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