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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My first love is Narrative therapy. This modality is predicated on the idea that we were each handed a script from our families and culture of upbringing. This script most often does not serve us well for our whole lives and we are left with an urgency to change something. Narrative therapy suggests that we are each the expert on our own life and we can write and rewrite our stories however many times we need/want to.

— Lauren Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alexandria, VA

I invite you to step into the earth of your story in the presence of a kind witness to the harm that you've suffered. It is here we most need others and often are the most alone. If you'll walk through how your story shaped you, influences the present, and intersects with the stories of others, life can make sense in a way it never has, and you can begin to create the life and relationships your heart longs for. My therapy style draws from Narrative Focused Trauma Care/Allender Theory.

— Cresaya E. Kingsbury @ Wild Foxgloves Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

In narrative therapy we are not the problem, the problem is the problem. The stories we tell ourselves have a way of rooting themselves in our thoughts and behaviors. Let's work to uncover your innate strengths and resources and begin to tell a fuller story of who you are.

— Robin Roemer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I love narrative therapy because of how empowering it is. We're the script writers of our own lives, the narrators, and we have the power to change the perspective.

— Danielle Eaton, Counselor

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 Narrative techniques to help clients' map the impact of challenges, identify unique outcomes, gain insight into their complex identities, and use that insight to re-author their personal narratives.

— Beth Berta, Counselor

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

Everyone has a story that they write and re-write over their lifetimes. Through narrative therapy, I allow clients a platform through which to identify, integrate, and build a relationship with the many parts of themselves.

— Yoojin Nam, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Buena Park, CA

Together we identify and engage the incremental steps leading in the directions you want to go, diminishing the power of problem narratives in the process. Todays climate is very difficult and Im hoping to accompany you along your path wherever it takes us.

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Narrative therapy is effective at helping clients who have experienced trauma. Mild traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that affects people who have been exposed to a severe or life-threatening event. Narrative therapy helps clients to process their experiences and work through the trauma they've faced. It uses storytelling as a way to heal, which allows the client to use their own voice and create meaning from their experience.

— Katie Robey, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Gatos, CA

Non-judgmental and collaborative approach to understanding and redefining relationships to problems.

— Angel Thomson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I want to hear your story. I want to hear the way you remember it but maybe prompt some additional thought about what this experience may have actually meant to you.

— Elaina Vig, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Saint Louis Park, MN

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

I helped co-lead a seminar on utilizing Narrative Therapy to retell our own stories and have kept it at the forefront of my therapy toolbox ever since. I enjoy using NT to take a second look at the "story we tell ourselves" (e.g. "I'll never be good enough," "That breakup showed me that I'm unlovable," "I am weak because of my feelings") and retell it from an honest and healed place (e.g. "I have worth regardless of my circumstances," "I am brave," "I am lovable").

— Grace (Bomar) Finn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN

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 ,

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

Explores significant events/"stories" that occur over time in one's life. Acknowledges how these "stories" may have shaped a person's identity. Challenges 'problematic stories/narratives' one carries of self which inhibit growth and limit one's sense of internal peace. Focuses on not labeling or viewing oneself as "broken". Aims to allow one to get some distance from their preconceived narratives in order to re-assess their perspective and messaging surrounding it.

— Lynette Cisneros, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Raleigh, NC