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

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

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

Often the stories we tell ourselves, or others tell about us, frame who we are. Sometimes these stories also find ways of binding us to behaviors that might not be the best for us. Working with these stories and finding new ways of looking at them can be a useful way of starting to change how we view ourselves and the ways others view us as well.

— Dr. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

The narratives we tell ourselves, we are told, and we tell others can shape how we engage in the world. I love utilizing narrative approaches to re-write these messages and promote healing.

— Rae Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

We all strive to be the hero of our own story. Sometimes, changing the narrator, or widening the lens to see the influence of other factors in our lives gives us an alternative perspective that can empower our journey and give us the confidence to confront our challenges with a newfound strength.

— Nathan Robbel, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

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

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 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.

— Amelia Jayanty, Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

Narrative therapy is the center from which all my work flows. I help people identify their own values, strengths and skills. This changes the shame-based narratives that keep us stuck, and leads to new ways of thinking about and solving problems.

— Janae Andrew, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Narrative therapy helps people look at their concerns and realize that they can overcome them or not be affected by them as much as they used to be. It's a matter of shifting perspectives and thoughts into a healthier frame that we can then use to guide our mental health journey onto a more positive path.

— Courtney Cohen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have a background/MA in journalism/writing & have found the practice of truly looking at the stories we tell about our lives can be deeply insightful & helpful when working towards a greater quality of life. Putting the stories our minds tell us down on paper, journaling, even writing in a stream of consciousness can be enlightening & empowering by allowing us to clearly see these stories we tell, so we can edit them, rewrite them or even throw them out as we grow.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA