The therapy process is made up of several stages:
- In family therapy, the first stage allows the therapist an initial acquaintance with the family, understanding of the family background and interactions between the family members.
- In couple therapy - acquaintance with the couple, both as individual people and as a pair. Introduction to their background and other significant people in their lives.
- The making of mutual decisions regarding the subjects that the client wants to work on.
- The "therapeutic agreement": defining the relations between the client and the therapist, and determining the number of sessions that will be held.
- Working sessions.
- An interim summary, during or after the sixth session.
- A summary at the end of the twelfth session - sometimes the end of therapy, and sometimes leading to a fresh agreement.