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Ronald B Cohen of Family Focused Solutions (www.familyfocusedsolutions.com) explains family systems therapy.

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Ronald, thank you for your elucidation. I appreciate the thoughtfulness.

Kurt Hill

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Thanks Ron for sharing this. I have always worked from the stance that many are in the room, whether actually there or not (Redecision approach generally). This gives me another framework to think about the work I do. Well said.

Eric Cardwell

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Your theory sounds sagacious. Your empirical data is most interesting; however, in what ways would you distinguish this concept from Bowen’s Systems Family theory?

Kurt Hill

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Very informative article by Dr. Cohen. I am in total agreement with Dr. Cohen that changing one member of the family changes the dynamics of the whole family. I work in individual therapy using meditation and imagery as healing tools. I help my clients on one on one basis working with negative emotions attached to almost every traumatic memory in their life. It changes their relationships with others and with themselves. In every case the family dynamics change with this one person. I often jokingly describe this change as ‘one person family therapy’. I speak from my experience as Dr. Cohen speaks from his

Pradeep K Chadha

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“Dr. Cohen, Thank you for adding me to your network. I appreciated your article on conjoint vs systemic family therapy. There was a clear distinction between the 2 and information about how they both can be beneficial in the right treatment scenarios. I especially liked your inclusion of Bowen family systems in the article and the statement that a person is not inseparable from their relationship networks. As an emerging family therapist, I like to read articles written by other professionals in order to stay abreast of trends in the field and to enrich myself as I explore potential specialties for myself. Keep up the good work!

Ashley Pinkeney,Marriage and Family Therapist

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It’s not often one sees an article in which the practitioner has a Bowenian approach. I was trained in the model in the ’80s by a graduate of the Georgetown Family Center. I also was trained in strategic therapy. My recollection is that the term “conjoint” was always used in the context of marital therapy. One rarely hears it today. I like your overview on systems and systematically oriented family therapy.

Jeffrey Shelton, LPC, LMFT

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Excellent information. Will continue to use in practice.

Judith Richardson

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Ronald, very impressive work. Thank you for sharing your insight and studied knowledge with me. I too believe that it is not the number of family members in the room that makes a therapeutic session successful, but the information taken home and put into practice. So many of us who work with families believe in order for therapy to work the whole family has to be present, which I have found from experience is not necessarily true. Working with the motivated individual opens the door to begin the healing process and that is all most families needs, a chance.

Phillip Utumapu

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Ronald, I really enjoyed your insights. As a family therapist who was trained in a systemic model, at first I thought this was something different and brand new. After all these years have past since my training, I have somewhat lost track of what to call what I do. Thanks for reminding me. It really doesn’t matter who is in the treatment room. Our job as therapists is to perturbate the system. It will find it’s own equilibrium.

Dianna Kinkead

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Very clear presentation. I appreciate that. Thank heavens there is an approach that cannot be sabotaged by those who are not motivated to participate and a good reason why it can be effective.

George Hartwell

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Well written and useful.

John Derry

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Thank you once again for this article. I was reminded of the experience I had a few days ago at our practice where the one family member that turned up for the appointment re the patient, said to me that she was so grateful to have found a group of professionals that really care and take the time to involve family members. It motivated her to start making changes in her own life, which will in turn impact positively on the family system. She had hope when she left that the whole family would benefit from her insight and actions.

Sandra Hitchcock

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I really appreciate the discussion here. I think if the couple has ended up in a divorce situation, it is likely, not certain, that there were underlying issues of unworkability. Rarely is an affair “the” reason for divorce. I agree, Ron, that there are a broad number of matters to take into consideration in order for Divorce Professionals to deal with clients with as holistic a view as we possibility can. 

Tallie Rabin-Claassen, M.Ed.

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