In each field of therapy, there has been a point in which stages have been introduced in order to clarify the therapeutic process. The therapeutic process is different given each context, and in the field of family therapy, there are other aspects that make it unique; for this reason, there is a body of literature focusing specifically on stages of family therapy. Each of the stage theories has unique aspects as well as significant similarities with the others. In order to understand the different stage theories commonly adopted in family therapy, this entry examines David Freeman’s phases, Susan Schilling and Ellen Gross’s stages, and Alan Carr’s stages.

History of Family Therapy Stages

The concept of therapeutic stages was first introduced in the 1950s and 1960s in individual ...

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