Narrative 

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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Hannah Green

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Narrative therapy sees the power of the stories we believe about our lives, and explores what parts of those stories are true- and what parts need to be re-written.

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Dan Harold LCSW (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Narrative is a perspective and a style. I believe each client is entitled their very own reality. I believe we all benefit from a safe way to tell our own personal stories. My narrative work allows for a certain type of conversation that you may not have had before. Your story and your reality that you see and experience matters to me.

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Kelle DeBruin

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Society offers us a narrative of how life 'should be' or 'is supposed to be' according to the details of who we are and the life experiences that we have had along the way. Narrative Therapy approaches those spoken and unspoken stories of who we are supposed to be and allows for further understanding of the narrative and how we desire to construct our narrative moving forward.

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Mitch Bacon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

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Robin Carlisle

Professional Counselor

To make meaning is human. Like monkeys are the funny ones and birds are the flyers, we are the storyteller. The stories you tell about yourself and others, about the world around you, create the narrative of your life. So what then if some aspect of your life is not working? You tell a different story. I will help you. And whats better? You will come to believe it!

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Caitlin Lynch (They/them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MS, NCC

All of our lives are full of stories we live, stories we tell ourselves, and stories we take in from the families, cultures, and larger political and social systems we inhabit. A narrative approach helps you to make seen the unseen, to examine power dynamics in relationships, to honor historical experiences and bring a new lens to heal, bring hope, and create a new story for your future.

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Art Chaklader (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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.

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Emily Thomas

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

We all tell stories about and to ourselves, they can both lift up and tear down. Often times, we are not even aware of the stories we are clinging too. It's important to explore these stories. and we may even need to rewrite a few in order to heal.

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Donna Prinzmetal

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Nick Vaske, LCSW, CADC I (he/him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADC I

My graduate training is primarily in narrative therapy, and my approach is to engage in self-exploration by taking an outside, curious perspective of ourselves and our stories, gain greater insight into the events that have shaped us, enrich our stories by recognizing our resilience, and use that knowledge and perspective to better define what we would like our futures to be.

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Kelley O'Gorman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MFT

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.

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Carrie Ivy (she/her)

Professional Counselor

I have 6 years experience working directly with individuals to tell their stories of personal struggle. Sharing your experiences and narrating the details you have lived provides an unique opportunity for healing. Going through your stories with you, I offer witness, insight, support, and a chance to hone personal power, grounded in the present.

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Elizabeth Price M.A. Counselor

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!

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Judy Marantz-Herzberg (she/her)

Social Worker

LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)

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.

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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

As clients are the author of their own life, I enjoy utilizing narrative therapy as a way to assist in creating change in thought patterns and separating self from the problem(s). Re-writing the negativity in your story can reflect your strengths and capabilities.

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Wild Foxgloves Counseling, PLLC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MHCA.MC.61068879

Our lives are stories. Stories of the relationships and events in our lives, how we internalized those and what others told us. Narrative counseling invites us to turn over the leaves of life: to discover what's true of our story, hold the heartache that is difficult to bear, and to name and bring kindness and compassion to the places where we have been harmed and have harmed.

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Jeff Guenther (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Kenny Benjamin, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Narrative therapy is about finding meaning without judgment. It is about looking at how the culture in which you were raised and currently live shapes how you think and feel and act. It is about understanding that problems are the problem, not the people who struggle with them, as we all do. And it is about seeing identity through the lens of relationships and community and hopefulness.

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Tamara Webb

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Natasha Laumei, MA, NCC, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Liz Powell (they/them)

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY 27871; OR PSY 3068

The stories we have about ourselves and our world often drive the way that we move through our lives. I was lucky enough to receive 2+ years of Narrative Therapy specific training throughout graduate school. I want to help you look at the stories you have about yourself, others, and the world and see how those stories are affecting your life.

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Elise Himes

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

The story we tell ourselves impact how we see ourselves, but it is often others who are not supportive that dictate how that story should be. Narrative therapy is about looking at the past through a more compassionate lens or envisioning a future that is worth living for. An example can be as simple as the words 'victim' and 'survivor'. I combine my experience as a clinician with being an author.

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Kevin Wright

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been trained in Narrative Therapies for several decades. I enjoy integrating individual and family Narratives into our work and opening up space for new ways to experience our world, our bodies and ourselves.

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Kimberly Filla (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Colette Gordon (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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.

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Amanda Holden, LPC, CADC-I

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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