general discussion

What do you believe to be the necessary and sufficient conditions for real therapeutic change to occur: a brief but decisive intervention in the family system or long-term exploration of one’s personality?  Some argue that changes initiated via family therapy are lasting because change is exerted throughout the entire system–and each family member changes and continues to exert synchronous change on each other.  Others assert that long-term, insight-oriented therapy is necessary to prevent a patient’s personal pathology from reasserting itself.