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 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

Very much related for me to experiential therapy, narrative therapy is an important process for many of my clients. Many of my clients struggle with letting go of harmful often old, as in formed in childhood and adolescence, narratives about themselves. Narrative therapy can help us explore the stories of ourselves that we tell ourselves and others. It can help us gain control of our own personal meanings, values, hopes, and dreams. It can also help us write a pathway forward as true selves.

— Allyn Latorre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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

Narrative Therapy is one of the models I was trained in.

— Tomoko Iimura, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Together we can look at the stories and myths you learned to believe about yourself and the world and unlearn, unpack, and rewrite them! You get to be in charge of how you think and feel about yourself and the world around you.

— Dina Bdaiwi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, 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

A basic assumption of narrative psychotherapy is that people are inherently resourceful and the experts on their own lives. We focus on client’s strengths when discussing problems, creating a context for therapy to move in a positive direction. All individuals, couples and families have the ability to overcome problems and achieve more fulfilling stories for the future.

— lauren malkasain, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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

Your story is important to me. The experiences that you have gone through & the trauma you have endured impact the relationship that you have with yourself & with others. Through this process we can work towards deconstructing harmful internalized messages & re-author your story to acknowledge your courage, strengths, & resiliency.

— MacKenzie Knapp, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA

I'm trained in narrative therapy, which is an approach that recognized that just telling your story can be a healing act-but that it's even more powerful when you get to re-author your life. You don't have to keep living the same story.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

Individual people and communities of all sizes understand their identity and purpose via the stories they tell. Narrative theory is about unpacking the stories we tell about ourselves and where they come from, societal stories, family stories, community stories. It's about actively choosing what stories we want to tell in the future. My practice of narrative therapy is informed by the work of Black feminists like The Combahee River Collective, Octavia Butler, and Toni Morrison.

— Renya NeoNorton, Marriage & Family Therapist

The idea that we develop stories about our own lives has always resonated with me. I enjoy identifying our own internal narratives and challenge those which may not be congruent with our current self or journey. The idea that people are separate from their problems resonates with me as in our most trying times we can feel entangled with those which most challenge us. Narrative Therapy allows for the externalization of problems through creative experiences.

— Leslie Weaver, Clinical Social Worker in Indianapolis, IN

As a former journalist, I enjoy helping clients take an externalized, objective view of their experiences and revising those stories into compassionate narratives with new meaning and ultimately new outcomes. In the end, we are the stories we tell ourselves.

— Mary Moore, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Life is a story, and few in our lives get beyond the surface of it. Yet, it's in the particularity of our stories that we most hunger for others to meet us. The places where our pain, fear, and shame is greatest. We need others to walk with us in the depth of our stories and witness the heartache and harm we hold. Our work at Wild Foxgloves', influenced by Allender Theory, is compassionate and trauma-informed, and we invite you to step into the depth of your story in the presence of kindness.

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