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Transgenerational Family Therapies

WithJulie Ramisch, Thorana S. Nelson

Transgenerational or intergenerational family therapies typically attend to dynamics across more than two generations. Although other family therapies, such as structural or strategic, may attend to dynamics across two generations (e.g., parent-child) in the present, transgenerational therapies are more interested in how the past affects the present. These therapies are not interested in learning about individual pathology. Rather, they are interested in how families, across generations, develop patterns of behaving and responding to stress in ways that prevent healthy development in their members and lead to predictable problems. Individuals and families can develop new ways of interacting that do not include symptoms by understanding how certain patterns develop and changing the way they resolve past issues and interact in their families.