Strategic therapy is an approach that stems from Milton Erickson’s family therapy and includes diverse approaches, all of which have certain characteristics in common. Strategic therapy differs from strategic family therapy in that the focus is on the individual instead of a couple or family, while still being aware of the social system the individual is a part of.

Historical Context

During the first half of the 20th century, under the influence of psychoanalysis, Rogerian therapy, and psychodynamic therapies, the focus of therapy was on intrapsychic issues, and the client mostly determined the course of therapy. Within this context, therapists either interpreted client concerns within a preset therapeutic model or used empathy and acceptance to try and understand the client’s situation, believing that clients could find their ...

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