Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Andolfi, Maurizio

  • Anna MascellaniEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_939-1


Maurizio Andolfi, M.D. (1942).


Maurizio Andolfi is a world-renowned family therapist due to his remarkable scientific and methodological contribution to the contemporary family therapy. Over the last 45 years, he developed the Multigenerational Family Therapy, an experiential model of intervention that centers on creativity and humanity as the best way to build an alliance and work with a family in crisis. Andolfi has been published widely in English, Italian, and several other languages.


After graduating and specializing as child psychiatrist with Giovanni Bollea, in the early 1970s Andolfi moved to New York, where he stayed for a few years and where he established close professional relationships with the most important family therapists, such as Salvador Minuchin, Carl Whitaker, James Framo, and Murray Bowen. He learnt family therapy by personally observing master therapists at work and absorbing their skills and knowledge. Back in Italy, he was Professor in...

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  1. Minuchin, S. (1974). Families and family therapy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar

Key Citations

  1. Andolfi, M. (2017). Multi-generational family therapy. Tools and resources for the therapist. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Andolfi, M., & Haber, R. (Eds.). (1994). Please help me with this family: Using consultants as resources in family therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar
  3. Andolfi, M., & Mascellani, A. (2013). Teen voices. Tales from family therapy. San Diego: Wisdom Moon Publishing.Google Scholar
  4. Andolfi, M., Angelo, C., Menghi, P., & Nicolò-Corigliano, A. (1983). Behind the family mask: Therapeutic change in rigid family systems. New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar
  5. Andolfi, M., Angelo, C., & De Nichilo, M. (1987). The myth of atlas: Families and the therapeutic story. New York: Brunnel/Mazel.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Accademia di Psicoterapia della FamigliaRomeItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maria Borcsa
    • 1
  1. 1.Nordhausen University of Applied SciencesNordhausenGermany