Brief Strategic Couple Therapy
Name of Model
Brief Strategic Couple Therapy.
Brief problem-focused therapy; Brief Therapy Center; MRI model; Palo Alto group; Palo Alto model
As described here, brief strategic couple therapy is an extension of the “brief problem-focused therapy”* developed over 40 years ago by Richard Fisch, John Weakland, Paul Watzlawick, and their colleagues at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, CA (Weakland et al. 1974; Watzlawick et al. 1974; Fisch et al. 1982). The hallmark of this approach is conceptual and technical parsimony: Therapy aims to resolve the presenting complaint as quickly and efficiently as possible by interrupting ironic processes, which in couples take the form of interaction cycles centered on well-intentioned but persistently applied “solutions” that keep problems going or make them worse. The approach is “strategic” because the therapist intervenes to interrupt ironic processes deliberately, on the basis of a case specific plan that...
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