The Ackerman relational approach (ARA) is a relational-systemic approach to counseling and psychotherapy that focuses on helping families and couples find ways to understand, repair, or restructure the relationships that matter the most to them. Developed at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, the ARA is designed to strengthen and clarify relationships between members of a couple or family and to empower them to create relationships that are safe, nurturing, and supportive. The ARA is aimed at eliminating or reducing a symptom or problematic behavior, while simultaneously ameliorating the interpersonal relationships in the family or couple. This requires a process of therapy during which members of the family or couple are enlisted to address the presenting problem actively and collaboratively with ...

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