Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Creativity in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Saliha BavaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_226


Flow; Improvisation; Innovative; Play-oriented; Unique linkage


Family therapy originated as a creative resistance to the existing dominant discourse of mental health in the early 1950s, which focused primarily on locating problems within the individual psyche. In family therapy’s cultural tales, the originators are often referred to as irreverential and creative. The rise of family therapy as a creative activity was a social process in and of itself.

Montuori (1992) states “evolving human systems are…creative human systems” (p. 193). The importance of creativity for meaningful living has been emphasized by a number of authors across traditions (Allman 1982; Gergen 2009; Keith 2014; Montuori 1992). Though from a modernist epistemological position, Allman (1982) states that “When we help the family see themselves as a system and teach them to play with their meanings, we open each member to his [sic] own poetry and twinke [sic]” (p. 43).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mercy CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Houston Galveston InstituteHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Taos instituteChagrin FallsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico