Virginia Satir is internationally recognized for her creativity in the practice of Family Therapy. Based on her conviction that people are capable of continued growth, change, and new understanding, her goal was to improve relationships and communication within the family unit. Satir, a pioneer in the field of family therapy, stayed at the forefront of human growth and family therapy until her death in 1988.
Virginia Satir, the founder of the Satir Model, believed that counselling/therapy is an intense experience with the inner self. The counsellor/therapist helps and encourages the client not only to accept and deal with their pain and problems, but also to accept and live with an inner joy and peace of mind.
Satir’s mission to facilitate human growth came from a deeply held spiritual belief in both the positive nature and the unlimited potential of Life itself. She referred to her therapeutic goals as “peace within, peace between, and peace among.” In her later years, her focus moved toward world peace.
Her main works include Conjoint Family Therapy, New Peoplemaking, and The Satir Model; Family Therapy and Beyond.