The Systemic Metaframework
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Mark, a 15-year-old boy with anorexia nervosa, and his mother, Lisa, and father, George, attended their first family psychotherapy appointment after being referred to me by their family doctor. During the first session, Lisa described her worries about Mark whereas George, in contrast, remained relatively silent. At one point early in the session, as we talked through her fears and worries about her son, Lisa began to cry profusely. For a few moments, as Lisa cried quietly, I wondered whether I ought to step in and comfort her. Before I could decide, though, Mark moved to the couch to sit next to his mother and said, “It’s okay Mom. It’s not your fault. Don’t cry.” Through the entire episode, George remained on the periphery, looking deeply uncomfortable.