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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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

I'm a passionate Narrative therapist; other therapists often comment that I bleed narrative work. Narrative therapy looks carefully at our socially-constructed beliefs about everything. Narrative work is about examining the stories we tell and how these stories constrain our experiences. Almost my entire grad school experience has focused on Narrative work and I'm adept at hearing and co-exploring with clients to see how their stories are and are not serving them and their relationships.

— David Lieberman, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Boulder, CO

I use narrative strategies to explore the stories that you tell yourself and that world tells you about how things “should” be. We then work to update these stories to be more freeing and true to who you are.

— Leah Murphy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Silver Spring, MD

The foundation of Dr. Inez's psychotherapy worldview is narrative therapy. Some suppositions of the narrative worldview as defined by Michael White: Everyone has meaning-making skills. Everyone tells stories. The meanings we give these stories shape our lives. Life is multi-storied, not single-storied. Therapists listen for these storylines, and we support people to develop the preferred storylines richly.

— Janine Inez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY

Narrative therapy looks at the stories of our life that we have learned, that we continue to tell ourselves and that help us make meaning. These stories are not fixed however, but they are influenced by what we have been told as children, what society tells us and they can contribute to suffering. We can deconstruct stories that make us suffer and find threads that are more true to who we really are and that will let us feel grounded in our authentic selves.

— Ursula Steck, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I use a multi-model approach, using skills/techniques that are best fitted for each client.

— Nicole Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor

I believe that the stories we tell ourselves are fundamental to our wellbeing. When we tell ourselves stories filled with shame, self-doubt, or fear, our actions reflect those stories. We make (or don't make) decisions based on those stories. I work with clients to uncover the stories that are driving their behavior, explore what purpose the stories are serving, and ultimately, work towards creating an updated story that feels both true and aligned with the client's values and goals.

— Ash Levine, Therapist in Chicago, IL

Stories are powerful! Together we will identify how the stories you tell about yourself, others, and the world impact you. We then work on editing these stories and re-writing them to help you live a life aligned with your values and desires.

— Alahna Blakeman, Mental Health Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY

Narrative therapy views people as separate from their problems and destructive behaviors. This allows clients to get some distance from the difficulty they face; this helps them to see how it might actually be helping or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they really are and what they are capable of.

— Kristen Crowe, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is.

— Danika Grundemann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I utilize Narrative Therapy to help clients uncover negative self talk and the internal shaming inner critic. Narrative Therapy helps clients become embrace being an expert in their own life. I empower clients to reframe negative narratives into positive ones to effectively view themselves in a more positive light. Negative narratives are a large drive in low self esteem and self worth. As clients develop positive narratives instead, they gradually develop more confidence and higher self esteem.

— Cindy Hyde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Through narrative, strength-based approaches, I will encourage you to see beauty in the parts of your story that have gone unexplored. You will find new ways to make meaning and understand yourself more deeply and compassionately.

— Caleigh Balsamo, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

We all have stories about ourselves, our relationships, and our sexuality. Sometimes these stories keep you stuck in anxiety, shame, guilt and disconnection. Using Narrative Therapy, I help you get to know these stories you have and begin to identify what you really believe and value. Narrative Therapy also involves looking at how your family, past partners, and societal messaging may impact these stories that hold you back.

— Taylor Kravitz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR