Viginia Satir (1916-1988) was a psychotherapist who pioneered therapy work with the whole family. She was particularly interested in the process of change, and how most problems were to do with how people coped with issues within relationships, rather than the issue itself.
She believed that the family was a microcosm of all human relationships, and said that “By knowing how to heal the family, I know how to heal the world”.
Her world impact could be summed up in her universal mantra: peace within, peace between, peace among.
In the mid-1970s her work was extensively studied by the co-founders of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Richard Bandler and John Grinder, who used it as one of the three fundamental models of NLP.