Narrative therapy is founded on the belief that our identities are shaped by the personal accounts of our lives, found in the stories we tell. In narrative therapy, the conversations between client and therapist are respectful, non-judgmental and interactive. A narrative therapist will help the client to act as an investigator, asking probing questions to help the client explore and assess their relationship to a problem and identify opportunities for positive change.
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We learn about ourselves from stories our families, cultures, and societies tell. Some narratives are oppressive, limiting our possibilities and potentials. Others empower us, highlighting successes and strengths. I love helping people uncover incidents that shed light on unique qualities and experiences. Together, we co-author truer narratives that guide us to our potentials.
As a writer, I am drawn to how we all create a narrative in how we see ourselves and others and what happens to us in our lives. I enjoy working with clients to edit these narratives to create change. Narrative therapy is a nice blend of Cognitive Behavioral components and Emotion focused therapy -I integrate all three to fit the needs of clients.
As a writer and a therapist, I am interested in stories. We live our lives based on our histories and the stories we have lived as well as the ones we tell ourselves. I sometimes use writing therapy to access and understand the narratives that have informed my clients' lives. If you know and understand your story, you have choices and it is easier to shape a new one.
Narrative therapy believes that people are shaped by dominant cultural narratives and stories. Narrative therapists help clients recognize that problems are not a core part of their identity, while helping clients re-author their \'preferred narrative\' based on alternative stories and experiences that contradict the dominant narrative. This helps clients connect to their preferred way of being.
I am a \'Narrative Therapist\' by nature. I firmly believe in the inherent strength and basic goodness in each individual, and find that difficulties are best approached as the “problem” being the problem, you are not the problem.
Narrative therapy is my favorite therapeutic orientation. It's the treatment that I study the most and find very compelling. I often observe the most improvement in clients when I use this type of counseling. Introducing new ways of thinking and believing can be a tricky thing but with the training and passion I have for it I often times see success.
NT addresses the stories we tell ourselves about how various difficulties impact our lives. By retelling these stories, we can overcome those that control our lives in negative ways. As you share your story (goals, needs, and hopes) with me, we will consider your emotional, behavioral and spiritual life as well as the environment that surrounds you.
You do not need to be defined by your past, nor by your current patterns. Often we have stories and beliefs based on our past experiences that are so ingrained that we aren’t even conscious of them, but they affect how we feel about ourselves and how we react to the outside world. But your story is just that – a story that can be changed or altered to reflect who you want to be.
Little holds us back more than the power of an afflictive story about ourselves in the world -- and nothing empowers us quite so much as a good one. As a writer and former journalist, I am highly tuned into the nuances of story, can easily spot the terrible ones and know how to help clients craft more positive stories to create change in their lives.
My specialty in Narrative Therapy began with my anti-oppression and social justice work before entering my graduate program. During my Master's degree, I found Narrative and began studying it to further build my own knowledge. I have since done intensive trainings at the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy to better develop my practice.
We have all created stories about who we are that we reference in our day to day functioning. In Narrative Therapy, the process involves recognizing that the story of you is malleable, and then we clarify and change this identity of yourself.
I value and honor the story each person has to tell. When individuals, families, and communities collaborate to begin writing the story they want to exist in, changes occur. Through narrative therapy, I assist clients in exploring how problems get stuck in the language we use to communicate to ourselves and others, while helping you to start telling a story that serves as a catalyst for change.
Narrative therapy examines the ways we are influenced by the stories we tell about our selves and our lives. When we explore these narratives and our ability to retell our stories in new ways we realize a powerful opportunity for healing. I have found narrative therapy to be an incredibly effective therapeutic tool -- fun, creative, and transformative.
Narrative therapy was a modality of treatment that I focused on in my graduate work. It explores ways that people become stuck in negative thought patterns and then struggle to move forward toward life goals. I\'ve found it helpful in working with individuals, couples and families in exploring the meaning that is attributed to events and opening up possibilities for change.
I think, in coordination with Existential Theory, Narrative theories can help script a positive future and help explain the past.
Often our story is told to us. You can be the author of your own story. Narrative therapy helps you to see more clearly the effects of the world on you as well as your affects on the world.
I believe we all have a script that lives inside our brain that limits our potential. Narrative therapy helps move the pain, concerns, and trauma away from the inside to a place that is more tangible. Understanding the scripts and rewriting contracts that keep you a prisoner is vital for all healing thus leading to empowerment.
Narrative therapy works from the standpoint that people hold different 'stories' about themselves. The approach seeks to have clients identify the different narratives that they have, as well as how to expand/change those narratives. By understanding our closely held beliefs we can see where we want to change them or where they are working well for us.
Narrative therapy works to uncover our stories, look for and externalize any problems so they are not wrapped up in our sense of self thus accessible for change, deconstruct the problems from the overgeneralized to the specific and manageable, then rewrite self defeating narratives allowing room for positive story lines.
Everybody has their story! But do you know that HOW you tell your story influences how your story GOES? Well, narrative counselors understand this are able to listen to and help us shape our stories. Come explore your own stories from a place where you can experience your own personal power to create a life you love living!
Narrative therapy looks at how the stories we tell ourselves about the world impact how we feel about our daily lives. Together, we can examine the cultural stories, re-write stories that aren\'t working for you and create ideas about what you want your story to be going forward. Narrative therapy can also be wonderful for kids who naturally use stories all day long.
I firmly believe that although you may need support or guidance to reach your therapeutic goals, you are the expert on your own life and you are not your problems. Since my extensive research into Narrative Therapy during my graduate studies, I have utilized this form of psychotherapy to help clients re-author their own lives.
I am a believer in hearing yourself tell your story. Many times it has been in our mind for so long, that hearing it out loud it pretty powerful. Sometimes even funny to realize what you\'ve been telling yourself. I am curious about your internal dialog. Is it happy & healthy? What we think becomes how we act & resond.
I use a narrative approach to collaborate with my clients as we explore and potentially deconstruct and rebuild your understanding of yourself, your relationships, past events, and your place in this world. My goal is to help you establish an authentic sense of self with a healthy perspective and values system, with an ability to relate to others and the world in a sustainable and fulfilling way.
Everyone has a story. Whether you think about your life story, or have not in awhile, it has had huge impact on who you are today. This is why when we feel lost in life, it can be so grounding to reconnect with your life story. This is exactly my aim. We start from the beginning, and tie your narrative to what is happening today. This gives you back your story, and helps you continue it on.
I want to help increase the room between who you are and the problems you’re struggling with. I incorporate writing and stories in counseling, including sending my clients home with notes to hold onto. My favorite trauma intervention is Narrative Exposure Therapy. It’s a beautiful intervention involving stones, flowers, metaphor, testimony, story, and so much courage on the part of the client.
Life is really all about the story we tell ourselves and therapy gives us a chance to rewrite that story. The healing power of having someone witness your story can be life-changing. I am constantly amazed and inspired by my clients and their courage to be vulnerable.
As a Narrative Therapist I see many of our problems as being sustained by the stories we have about them. When we can step back from our problems and gain a new perspective we can often write a new story: a story that empowers us and gives us fresh opportunities on how to interact with the world.
I am passionate about supporting people as they work to develop positive narratives about themselves, their lives, and their relationships. I have attended many trainings on Narrative Therapy techniques, and receive supervision focused on Narrative therapy.