If people are really going to get deeply into therapy, they need to know that they can escape easily. So at the end of every hour we implicitly give the family the option of not making another appointment.
If the family situation is very difficult, it may even be necessary for the therapists to grow personally in order to respond adequately to the crisis.
Confrontation can lead to disaster in relationships, as well as to renewed caring, with so much of the balance held by the unconscious intent of the people involved.The Family Crucible
Napier & Whitaker, 1978