Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy focuses on human growth by understanding emotional processes, behaviors, and family dynamics. It looks closely at self-awareness and believes people have the resources they need to heal and grow within themselves.
STST hypothesize that emotions, thoughts, and perceptions affect actions, and that if people lack understanding about themselves, they may make decisions or act in a way that aren’t congruent with who they want to be. STST claims individuals should focus on developing self-confidence to make more intentional decisions, lead their lives with hope, and communicate with others effectively.
Counselors most often use STST in family therapy, but they can use it in individual and couples counseling.
STST establishes a concept called the “Life Force,” which all humans possess that allows them to relate to others in more positive, empathetic ways.
Your therapist will work closely with you to identify areas in which you can be kinder to yourself, ultimately reminding you that you’re a part of a human connection — your Life Energy. When you maintain this understanding, you’ll have an easier time making decisions and acting in ways that align with your higher self. This understanding also leads to a higher degree of responsibility for your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Finally, another STST goal is to strive for unity in your life, meaning you achieve a state of mind where you’re responsible for yourself and your own experiences. Still, you don’t let any negative experiences define you. You are aware of and embrace the connection you have with those around you and with your Life Energy.