Theoretical Framework


Audra Studied many theories before she found one that felt aligned with her beliefs and was able to not only guide her therapeutic practice but she came to view it as a way of life.


Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST), also known as the Satir method, was designed to improve relationships and communication within the family structure by addressing a person’s actions, emotions, and perceptions as they relate to that person’s dynamic within the family unit.


The foundation concept of STST is the belief all people are connected through a universal Life Energy, which can be accessed to achieve transformational change, develop and strengthen relationships, change behaviors, and develop positive life energy.


“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” Brene Brown

A few other important ideas guiding STST include but are not limited to the following:

  • All people are innately good and have positive Life Energy at their core.
  • Human beings experience themselves through the same universal processes: feeling, thinking, doing, expecting, yearning, and connecting spiritually. 
  • All people possess the necessary coping resources to face life’s challenges, though some may have yet to access these resources or may view any or all of them negatively.
  • Problems stem from the ways people cope with them, not the problems themselves. In other words, the “problem” is not actually the problem. 
  • Treatment should focus on health, possibilities, and hope, not on pathology and problems, and treatment should utilize Life Energy to facilitate the natural healing process.
  • Everyone has the ability to change. Even if external change is restricted or limited due to factors beyond an individual’s control, internal change can still be achieved.  
  • While we cannot change what happened in the past, we can change how those past events affect us in the present. By resolving past trauma we can live with more positive energy.
  • People always do the best they can at any given time. Even destructive or otherwise negative behaviors serve to indicate the best coping possible at that time. 
  • We all have the capacity to be in charge of our emotions. We can choose to hold onto positive feelings which provide validation and let go of negative feelings.