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symbolic-experiential family therapy

This form of growth-oriented therapy (growth therapy), espoused by Carl Whitaker, employs directive methods although it is oriented to psychoanalytic concepts. New experiences are conveyed to the family on the level of symbolic-primary processes.

Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)