Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir, MSSA, (1916–1988) was an American psychotherapist, lecturer, and author. Considered the “Mother of Family Therapy,” Satir is internationally known for her approach to family therapy and for developing a psychological model called the Virginia Satir Change Process Model, which has been widely adopted to explain how change affects organizations.


Virginia Satir Family with a Drug Problem Video

In this video, Virginia Satir firmly but lovingly confronts a large family about their son’s longstanding substance abuse.

The New Peoplemaking

Revised and expanded seminal work on families, with more than a million copies sold in 12 languages. The New Peoplemaking expresses Satir's most evolved thoughts on self-worth, communication, family systems, and the ways in which people relate to one another.

Helping Families to Change

With an emphasis on learning to change through other modalities than speech, this book discusses the importance of non-verbal body experience and awareness of kinetic cues in interpersonal relationships. A number of meditative exercises are included.

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.

The Use of Self in Therapy

One of the most powerful factors in therapy is that it involves the intensive relationship between two (or more) human beings.

The Structure of Magic: A Book About Language and Therapy (Vol. 1)

These seminal works in neurolinguistic programming (NLP) help therapists understand how people create inner models of the world to represent their experience and guide their behavior.


Virginia Satir Video - Pioneer of Family Therapy in a 1985 NLP Keynote, Part 1

Virginia Satir was one of the pioneers of family therapy. She was also a major source of NLP patterns and distinctions. In 1985 she presented a morning and afternoon keynote address to the National Association for NLP in Denver, Colorado.

I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it -- I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.

Making Contact

The noted family therapist presents innovative concepts and techniques conducive to changing one's habits of communication and to establishing open, constructive, and life-enhancing modes of contact and communication within family relationships.


Communication Stances by Virginia Satir-Part 1

Virginia Satir presents her model of various types of dysfunctional communication from an adversarial basis for relationships.


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