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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"The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem:" Michael White and David Epston, psychotherapists, founders of Narrative Therapy Narrative Therapy is a postmodern approach to therapy. It helps the client reframe their difficulties as primarily social and outside of themselves, which gives them more options for personal agency and effective change.

— Edwin Ancarana, Psychotherapist

I use narrative therapy help people to identify their values and the skills associated with them. It provides the knowledge of their ability to live these values so they can effectively confront current and future problems. Is a style of therapy that helps people become—and embrace being—an expert in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories we develop and carry with us through our lives.

— Julie Williams, Counselor

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-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

I use Narrative Therapy where we will work together deconstructing a problematic story collected through the events of your life. Narrative Therapy will help re-author your story and practice externalization. Externalization which separates you from the problem, creates endless capabilities and empowerment for change.

— Tara LaDue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Narrative therapy is a style of therapy that helps people become—and embrace being—experts in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories that you develop and carry with you through your life.

— Laura McMaster, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA

We all strive to be the hero of our own story. Sometimes, changing the narrator, or widening the lens to see the influence of other factors in our lives gives us an alternative perspective that can empower our journey and give us the confidence to confront our challenges with a newfound strength.

— Nathan Robbel, Therapist in Chicago, IL

Every client has their own story! Every story has it’s own meaning and power. Stories can give more purpose to one’s life. Together we will piece your story together, and help find your voice to be able to tell your true authentic story in your own words.

— Mary Ann Dawkins-Padigela, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pinole, CA

Everyone has a story and as a therapist, I love to hear the clients story. Narrative therapy allows clients to find their voice and to use their voice to become experts within their own lives.

— Chioko Grevious, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

I truly believe that we all have a story to tell, and sometimes a chapter is difficult to get through alone. Together we can help create your next chapter!

— Samantha Hanson, Art Therapist in Appleton, WI

It's easy to get caught up in whatever struggles you are facing. The story we tell about ourselves is that something like anxiety or depression are integral parts of who we are. I strive to separate the person from the strife they are dealing with. You have the power to tell your own story. I'll help you break down your story into manageable chapters, discover the choices you can make, and put the struggles in front of you, rather than within you.

— Matty Blanc-Paul, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Narrative therapy allows you to tell the stories of the experiences that make you who you are. These stories may be hard to tell, but in processing how you have internalized your experiences, we can determine the pieces to keep and the pieces that no longer serve you. It is all about re-claiming your story and building an identity that promotes self-acceptance and hope for the future.

— Hailey Hughes, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

You’re not coming in as a blank slate — your strengths and insights from everything you’ve already navigated are a big deal. We’ll celebrate those and build on them. And if it’s hard to see the strengths within you, I promise they ARE there and we will find them. When you bring a struggle, we’ll unpack it and when you bring a victory, we’ll fully harness the win and use it to keep moving forward.

— Halina Brooke, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

Narrative Theory is a hope-based approach to counseling that actively works to empower you. The goal is for you to take an active role in how you live your life and understand the challenges you face. This is accomplished by exploring you and your experiences to find and leverage strengths that you possess that are either hidden, forgotten, or haven't been discovered yet. Through Narrative theory, you take an active part in becoming the best version of yourself.

— Jacob Santhouse, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

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 ,

Being a self described nerd and RPG fan, narrative therapy was a natural match for me in my education. By viewing life through the lens of a story, we are able to work together to identify parts of your story that you want more of as well as some protentional problem areas you'd like to change. I also have found by reframing life as a story, many people are able to empower themselves to make the changes they desire in their lives.

— Garreth Baldwin, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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