Virginia Satir
Virginia Satir was an American
United States
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 author and psychotherapist
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, known especially for her approach to family therapy
Family therapy
Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of...

 and her work with Systemic Constellations
Systemic Constellations
The Systemic Constellation process is a trans-generational, phenomenological, therapeutic intervention with roots in family systems therapy , existential-phenomenology , and the ancestor reverence of the South African Zulus...

. She is widely regarded as the "Mother of Family Therapy"Her most well-known books are Conjoint Family Therapy, 1964, Peoplemaking, 1972, and The New Peoplemaking, 1988.

She is also known for creating the Virginia Satir Change Process Model, a psychological model which was developed through clinical studies.

Why Family Therapy...because it deals with family pain.

Conjoint Family Therapy: A Guide to theory and technique (1967)

A growing body of clinical observation has pointed to the conclusion that the family therapy must be oriented to the family as a whole.

Conjoint Family Therapy: A Guide to theory and technique (1967)

To all my friends, colleagues and family: I send you love. Please support me in my passage to a new life. I have no other way to thank you than this. You have all played a significant part in my development of loving. As a result, my life has been rich and full, so I leave feeling very grateful.

Brief biography at (1999)