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 a narrative approach to help you explore stories you tell themselves about your life, where those stories come from, and whether they are serving you. Our work may also include journaling, tracking expereinces, reading, and other ways of exploring narrative if those seem like a good fit for you.

— Cat Salemi, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,

I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your lived experience. I see my role as a co-author, helping you develop an alternate—yet perhaps truer—personal history so that you may move forward with courage and confidence.

— Brian Hayes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Atlanta, GA

I believe that we are made of stories. By examining the stories we have told ourselves and those we have told about ourselves, we can make lasting change as we rewrite our own narratives. I also believe that we connect to the stories that resonate with us in the world. I look at the stories we love to bring light to parts of our lives we may not have examined.

— Cillian Green, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Evanston, IL

You are the master of your own story and how you perceive the world around you. Narrative Therapy is all about reshaping and recontextualizing how you view the story of your life. Together we will go on a journey through your life to deconstruct the negative views you have about yourself. It’s my hope that we will be able to empower you by rebuilding how you see your life.

— Jacob Rincon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

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

Narrative therapy is a style of therapy that can help you become - and embrace being - an expert in you own life. In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories that you develop and carry with you through your life. As you experience events and interactions, you give meaning to those experiences and they, in turn, influence how you see yourself and the world. You can carry multiple stories at once, such as those related to your self-esteem, abilities, relationships, and work. Narrativ

— Drew Driver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

I have studied narrative therapy extensively at the well-respected Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. I believe that the person's not the problem, the problem is the problem. As a therapist influenced by narrative therapy, I also believe that we all tell stories about ourselves, and many of those stories would benefit from being rewritten.

— Eric Rosenblum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

I use narrative therapy techniques to recreate and rewrite the internal story if you have of yourself in relationship to other, your community and the world.

— Kieran Mcmonagle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

I have studied the approach extensively and use it in daily practice to help re-narrate the client's story to deliver a strength's based approach.

— Sumantha Sen, Licensed Master of Social Work in New York, NY

I believe that every person has their own story and their own way of retelling an experience. Using narrative therapy approaches, that help separate individuals from the challenges and problems they are experiencing, I aim to empower my clients to have their own voice and narratives, and in turn gain agency over their own experience.

— Isha Kumar, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

"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 to help clients reframe their personal narratives and explore the meaning they attach to their experiences. We examine the stories they tell themselves to gain insight into their beliefs, values, and identity. Using collaborative conversations, we work to rewrite and reconstruct these narratives, empowering clients to create new stories that align with their values and goals. This fosters self-awareness and resilience with a renewed sense of agency and purpose.

— Chris Putnam, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I have training and experience using narrative therapy. I particularly use externalizing techniques and work on finding unique outcomes.

— Meg Higgins, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I have trained most intensively in Narrative therapy which is a practice that embraces the power of retelling the stories of our life to gain insight and tools for facing the future.

— Jade Huggins, Social Worker

In London, she participated in an intensive Solution-Focused and Narrative Therapy training at the Brief Institute.

— Genniffer Williams, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

We all make up stories about the meaning of our actions or the actions of others; often they are distorted, negative and limiting narratives. I work with you to realize your historic/reflexive narratives. Then we work on changing the narrative to something that serves you. Changing the narrative is how we shift from the victim of trauma to the survivor/thriver of trauma. Failure or one step closer to success?

— John Buscher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Notice what words you use to describe your world. Practice using reframing. Look at past times when you were successful. How did you cope?

— Jenette Mundlin, Associate Professional Counselor in Gresham, OR