Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Coaching in Bowen Family Therapy

  • Tara SchlusselEmail author
  • Molly F. GasbarriniEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_344

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Coaching in Bowen Family Therapy


Bowen Family Therapy utilizes a multigenerational approach, addressing conflicts that arise when individuals experience severe anxiety (Miller 2010). Coaching in Bowen Family Therapy refers to one technique associated with Bowen Family Therapy, where the clinician works with an individual or couple who is driven, self-aware, and prepared to address relationship patterns and triangles within their family (Miller 2010). A prerequisite for beginning “coaching” is that the individual must demonstrate control over his or her emotional reactivity and a sufficient level of insight about recurring patterns of communication between family members (Miller 2010). Throughout the intervention, the individual expands his or her awareness of self, as well as conflicts that tend to reoccur within the family system (Miller 2010). Subsequently, the clinician challenges the individual to diverge from the daily patterns of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA