“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. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes. Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me. However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”
Virginia Satir (1916-1988), Transformational Systemic Therapist
Satir believed that all people are equipped with the capacity for growth, transformation, and continuing education; and she focused her technique on finding the inner self. Not only does this method combine both interactive and intrapsychic elements of modern therapy, but it strives to create change at the core of one’s being. The Satir method strives to assist people in achieving maximum human development by encouraging their spiritual center to express itself more positively. With more energy and vitality, people are encouraged to facilitate transformation in their sense of being that liberates them from any inhibitions and brings them to a place of full understanding. The Satir method works with the client to allow them to live in the present with a newly found sense of courage and awareness. This process begins when a person can find their true self. In the Satir method, people are taught how to connect to that higher wisdom.