The Overall Purpose Of This Brief Paper Is To Characterize

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The overall purpose of this brief paper is to characterize the main concepts, main techniques, and any current research that supports contextual therapy in relation to contextual theory. While the purpose of this exercise was to demonstrate knowledge of counseling theories not addressed in class sessions, contextual therapy (which has also been referred to as contextual family therapy in prior literature) is not per se a theory as much as it is a method of therapy based on Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy’s contextual theory. In his determination that there is more to understanding an individual’s challenges in relation to others, Boszormenyi-Nagy designed contextual therapy to draw attention to his empirically-based findings from over 40 years of…show more content…
Excluding such information could lead to misrepresenting the factors by which the client experiences the world and bankrupt the influence of culture on development. Boszormenyi-Nagy stretches facts to include those details about world views that are a product of our own created reality that is culminated by choice and agency. While a child certainly does not have a choice into what family they are born into, the parents do have a choice into how they will interact with each other around that child, such that, inconsistencies or neglect of that healthy relationship could create for the child a fact that unhealthy conflict is normal or that they must choose sides of affection (Goldenthal, 2005). Since there is an underlying foundation of psychotherapy present, contextual therapy accounts for facts that may be present that the client may not be able to bring to their conscience or that they may be unwilling to acknowledge that were out of their control, but nevertheless, still occurred (Ruzgyte, 2011). Psychology. The functioning of the person within was also heavily regarded by Boszormenyi-Nagy, such that his reflections from psychoanalytical theories would illuminate the need to connect the parts of the individual psyche: cognitive abilities; emotional functioning; instinctual drives; internal conflicts; moral and intellectual development; and concepts of object relations theory with the other
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