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 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." From Therapy Den

— Andy Dishman, Licensed Professional Counselor in MARIETTA, GA

Used as an adjunct modality to help process trauma and change through verbal examination.

— Dorothy Smith, Counselor in Centreville, VA
 

When working with my clients who have negative self-image or deal with traumatic pasts, use the powerful metaphor of story in the Narrative Therapy Approach. This helps clients re-story their past and acknowledge their problems as separate from themselves.

— Alexa von Oertzen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Springs, FL

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
 

I have studied language and the power of the stories we tell ourselves through the lens of Western and indigenous lenses. I have a unique decade of training with a shamanic teacher who depended the Western training I have. Our story can be re-written with words or with pictures or with song or with dance.

— Gin Eborn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, VA

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, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
 

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 my favorite therapeutic orientation. It's the treatment that I study the most and find very compelling. I often observe the most improvement in clients when I use this type of counseling. Introducing new ways of thinking and believing can be a tricky thing but with the training and passion I have for it I often times see success.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

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 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

Narrative therapy honors the knowledge held by the individual. The approach is collaborative in assisting the client to explore his/her preferred options in life. Narrative therapy allows the individual to separate the problems from his/her identity opening options to the current circumstance.

— Maribel Higuera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, 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 Orlando, FL

"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. I help the client reframe their difficulties as primarily social and outside of themselves, which gives them more options for personal agency and effective change. It is a core and foundational approach for my work with sexuality, trauma, relationships, and addiction.

— Edwin Ancarana, Psychotherapist
 

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 Oakland, CA