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Developing an Integrated Model for Affirming Couple Therapy with Transitioning Clients: Combining the Satir Model with Gender Affirming Couple Therapy

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posted on 2023-12-13, 13:24 authored by Erin Elizabeth DebonoErin Elizabeth Debono

The need for affirming relational therapy is important for clients who identify as transgender and gender nonconforming - particularly during the process of their transition. Because of the conceptual overlap between the two approaches, the Satir Model of experiential therapy can be effectively applied to existing frameworks for affirming couple therapy. The study reflects the efficacy of this proposed model of therapy through a phenomenological case study. The results, their implications, and the application of the model are discussed.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Behavioral Sciences

Campus location

  • Hammond

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Christopher K. Belous

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Alyssa Maples

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Mialauni Griggs

Additional Committee Member 4

Bailey Kraft, MS