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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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

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 has been a part of my approach to counseling since I started. I help clients to re-frame their life story and learn to walk in this new narrative. Trauma-focused Narrative Therapy can help clients move past the distorted self-beliefs that are the byproduct of trauma. Often, other therapies such as Art Therapy are integrated with Narrative Therapy.

— Jaclin Belabri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

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

Narrative therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on the stories that people tell about their lives. This approach can be helpful for gay men, who often have unique and complex stories to tell about their lives. For many gay men, coming out is a pivotal moment that can shape their entire narrative. In narrative therapy, therapists can help gay men to make sense of their coming out experience and to develop a more positive story about themselves.

— Bob Basque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

We naturally story our lives; as you experience events and interactions, you give meaning to them and they, in turn, they influence how you see yourself and the world. Together we will explore the narratives you have developed to describe your experiences. We will identify both stories of resilience and struggle. Through this process, we will investigate the way these narratives have impacted you, reconsider your perspectives and how they influence your sense of self.

— E Ardron, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

I embrace each of the stories we choose to lead. Sometimes, our stories can shift from ones that are enjoyable to ones of survival. I am here to help you get your life back on track and slay the monsters in your way.

— BRIANA MESSERSCHMIDT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

The stories we tell ourselves create our reality. Narrative therapy works by charting your unique story, understanding the context, influences, other characters, and key moments. This therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client, who work together to find a new alternative storyline to support healing. Here we consider the problem as a character your story, separating the person from the problem, to empower your identity as more than just "depression" or "anorexia."

— Chloe Cox, Psychotherapist in Irvine, 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-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

Narrative Therapy is a therapeutic approach that centers on people as experts in their own lives. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories we develop and carry with us throughout our lives. We create a space between person and problem, allowing ourselves to see how issues serve us rather than harms us. The goal of narrative therapy is not to transform problems but reduce their influence.

— Meaghan Decker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hudson, MA

Using narrative therapy, we will discuss your past, present, and future self in alignment with your therapy goals. This approach will allow us to talk openly about anything and everything as it relates to your life.

— Corey Nielsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Collins, CO

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 ,

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

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 ,

Narrative therapy is a non-pathologizing (see above: "you are not broken"), empowering (you CAN do this), and collaborative (you don't have to go it alone) approach that recognizes that you have skills and expertise that can help you make changes in your life. Narrative therapy strives to help separate YOU from your problems, to see problems as *outside of* not *part of* yourself. By doing this together, we can address issues in a more productive way.

— Amy Ruth Crevola, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Corvallis, OR

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

I'm a total nerd. For most of my life, books were my safe haven. It's how I connected to the world. Each of us has a story and I'm honored to be in a position to hear the stories that often go untold. But we also create stories about ourselves& others in our lives that keep us stuck, hopeless, &frustrated. From those narratives of "not good enough," to "I'm just a burden," or "no one will ever love me," I will help you rewrite those& identify where you first learned that. Possibilities are e

— Colby Bruner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS