EDITOR’S NOTE. In the following excerpts from the beginning of Virginia Satir’s first Process Community (Avanta Process Community I, Crested Butte, Colorado, August 1981), and some of her writings, we can see the reason for this theme on personhood. It was Virginia’s conviction that therapy actually revolves around personhood-the use of the essential self of the therapist for change in couples, the model for couples to learn to engage, authentic self to authentic self.