Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a therapeutic approach that seeks to help people identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so they can effectively confront whatever problems they face. The narrative therapy approach views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist them in changing their relationship with the problems influencing their lives. A therapist who specializes in narrative therapy will help their client co-author a new narrative about themselves by investigating the history of those qualities. Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-judgmental, social justice approach that ultimately helps individuals to externalize their issues rather than internalize them. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s narrative therapy experts today.

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Helps you to rewrite your story to fit who you are today and who you want to be in the future!

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

I have studied language and the power of the stories we tell ourselves through the lens of Western and indigenous lenses. I have a unique decade of training with a shamanic teacher who depended the Western training I have. Our story can be re-written with words or with pictures or with song or with dance.

— Gin Eborn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, VA

I promote a sex-positive treatment approach and empower my clients to shift out of narratives that have kept them disconnected so that they can reclaim feelings of curiosity, compassion, and self-discovery that are crucial to embodied sexual experiences. We will work together to identify perspectives that have kept you feeling stuck and build new insights that empower you to move forward in a way that is authentic to you.

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Narrative Therapy helps by answering questions via story-telling, re-remembering, retelling, creating maps, or a life tree to explore our current and past storylines. Also, externalizing the problem (non pathological approach) by acknowledge the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem and we are not defined by it (depression, ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks, body image, etc).

— Lisa Nielsen-Karatz, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

My approach to psychotherapy is relationship-based, attachment focused, and compassionate. Research shows the most powerful aspect of the healing process is the relationship that develops between you and your therapist. My goal is for us to address your challenges through open and trusting dialogue. My therapy is humanistic and integrative.

— Amanda Mead, Psychologist

Used as an adjunct modality to help process trauma and change through verbal examination.

— Dorothy Smith, Counselor in Centreville, VA

Having read original sources from developers of this model, I find Narrative Therapy is the best compliment to my feminist identity. This model prompts us to challenge our concrete understandings of the world, and invites nuance into our interpretation of stories. I practice NT as a way to access traumas and triumphs in life, a way to identify problems in your life that are not inherent to who you are. NT gives us the opportunity to look at the origins of beliefs that cause upset emotions.

— Ginelle Krummey, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

I have a background/MA in journalism/writing & have found the practice of truly looking at the stories we tell about our lives can be deeply insightful & helpful when working towards a greater quality of life. Putting the stories our minds tell us down on paper, journaling, even writing in a stream of consciousness can be enlightening & empowering by allowing us to clearly see these stories we tell, so we can edit them, rewrite them or even throw them out as we grow.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Narrative therapy honors the knowledge held by the individual. The approach is collaborative in assisting the client to explore his/her preferred options in life. Narrative therapy allows the individual to separate the problems from his/her identity opening options to the current circumstance.

— Maribel Higuera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Everyone's story is different, and this approach focuses on how you want your story to be told. In sessions, we talk about the stories people have placed on you and reframe them to fit the version you want to tell instead.

— Katherine Traxler, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Therapy that is focused on the language you are using to create your reality. Words have a lot of power because our words become our thoughts which become our emotions which become out behavior. The way we tell the story of the reality we live in affects how we make choices and move through the world in the future. This therapy focuses on changing the narratives your have about your life as well as identifying negative language and thinking patterns that keep your stuck in pain.

— George Goldston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Johns Island, SC

I find narrative therapy to be one of the most powerful tools we have. Whether you are grieving the death of someone or are a survivor of abuse, telling our story can be one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences. I never ask clients to share this immediately - I always first want you to feel safe in our therapeutic relationship - but when the time is right, I will likely ask you to write your story to be read, sometimes for several sessions, until you feel you are reclaiming your power.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

With Narrative Therapy. I assist you creating a new narrative and story for your life. With Narrative Therapy, my space will allow you an ability to tell your story, Furthermore, we work on self talk and empowerment based language. The things we tell ourselves and others DO guide the way we view OUR story (aka our lives). This modality also allows for exploring existentialism based thinking. This means you are free and responsible to determine your own development.

— Rachael Jordan, Counselor in Puyallup, WA

I use a narrative approach to therapy which is non-blaming and separates problems from people. I am collaborative.

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

Often the stories we tell ourselves, or others tell about us, frame who we are. Sometimes these stories also find ways of binding us to behaviors that might not be the best for us. Working with these stories and finding new ways of looking at them can be a useful way of starting to change how we view ourselves and the ways others view us as well.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

Narrative Therapy is my go-to. I believe in the power of story. In Native American culture, healing circles exist where people share stories as medicine. If we view our problems as stories rather than an extension of ourselves, it's easier to rewrite the story in a more positive light than to feel like something is wrong with us. There is healing in owning your story and sharing it. We don't erase parts of the story but view them in a more positive lens to help gain a direction moving forward.

— Christina Scott, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portsmouth, OH