Within the Satir Model are basic assumptions that provide the framework for a proven methodology for transformational change. Developed by visionary family therapist, Virginia Satir (1916-1988), the Satir Model continues to inform and influence the work of individual, couple, family and group practitioners seeking to facilitate a greater sense of vitality and inner peace for clients around the world. Transformational change also takes personal growth to a new level by assisting each person’s spiritual core to manifest itself in more positive energy.
The model is focused on bringing about change at the level of who we are, freeing us from fear and reawakening a deep place of wisdom, allowing us to experience the present with greater clarity and courage.The transformation journey starts by reconnecting to one’s true Self and with one’s first sources of learning. It helps us to become aware of our feelings, judgments, beliefs, rules, attitudes, expectations and methods of coping that we have learned. When we are aware, we become empowered to choose, decide, manage and transform our own internal world and to interact in a more positive way with our relationships and environment.
Today, the Satir Institute of the Pacific along with others refers to the therapeutic use of the Satir Model as Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST). Relationships are the foundation for personal and professional satisfaction. Whether they are with friends, family or colleagues, healthy meaningful relationships contribute greatly to the vitality of life and work. STST is used not only in therapeutic settings, but in organizational development, in schools, in parenting, in medical settings and in many other situations where people get together. To experience the Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, see our workshops and training opportunities.
My personal ideas and understanding of spirituality began with my own experience as a child, growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin (USA). Everywhere I saw growing things. Very early, I understood that growth was life force revealing itself, a manifestation of spirit...it is the realization that we are spiritual beings in human form. This is the essence of spirituality. The challenge of becoming more fully human is to be open to and to contact that power we call by many names, God being one frequently used. I believe that successful living depends on our making and accepting a relationship to our life force.
Virginia Satir - The New Peoplemaking
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