One of the most effective ways of finding creative solutions to complex problems is to broaden the couple's frame of reference from the literal to the metaphorical. By using metaphors, symbols, fantasies, rituals and stories the therapist helps couples look "outside the box" for new perceptions and experiences. This process will be illustrated with videotaped excerpts.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
PEGGY PAPP, A.C.S.W., is a therapist in private practice and Co-Director of the Brief Therapy Project at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in New York City. She is recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the American Family Therapy Association and the award for distinguished contribution to Marital Family Therapy from the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Her latest book is Couples On the Fault Line.