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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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 ,

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 Bainbridge Island, WA
 

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

Narrative therapy looks at the stories of our life that we have learned, that we continue to tell ourselves and that help us make meaning. These stories are not fixed however, but they are influenced by what we have been told as children, what society tells us and they can contribute to suffering. We can deconstruct stories that make us suffer and find threads that are more true to who we really are and that will let us feel grounded in our authentic selves.

— Ursula Steck, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN FRANCISCO, 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

Together we identify and engage the incremental steps leading in the directions you want to go, diminishing the power of problem narratives in the process. Todays climate is very difficult and Im hoping to accompany you along your path wherever it takes us.

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

This therapy approach helps clients identify their values and use them to confront present and future problems. I believe that clients are the experts in their own lives and the problem is the problem (not the person). For example, instead of someone being “a depressed person” I see it as someone who “lives with depression”. Narrative therapy is especially empowering for BIPOC communities and LGBTQIA+ because it navigates systems steeped in racism, homophobia, white supremacy, and patriarchy.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I want to hear your story. I want to hear the way you remember it but maybe prompt some additional thought about what this experience may have actually meant to you.

— Elaina Vig, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Saint Louis Park, MN
 

My graduate work and pre-license training has been on Narrative Therapy. It is the lens I use and my main modality that compliments other therapy interventions.

— Libni Lopez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oberlin, OH

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
 

"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 help my clients explore the stories of their lives, the stories they are telling themselves about their lives and how these all go together to affect our mental health, our self worth and how we see ourselves and the world. Sometimes we've developed stories that are based on fears and anxieties, not on how our life actually is. Taking time to look at these stories and transform these narratives can help improve overall mental health and wellness.

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO
 

This therapy approach helps clients identify their values and use them to confront present and future problems. I believe that clients are the experts in their own lives and the problem is the problem (not the person). For example, instead of someone being “a depressed person” I see it as someone who “lives with depression”. Narrative therapy is especially empowering for BIPOC communities and LGBTQIA+ because it navigates systems steeped in racism, homophobia, white supremacy, and patriarchy.

— Samantha Schumann, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Using narrative therapy, you get to re-examine the stories that shaped your identity and personal values. Reframing core issues, looking at them through a different lens, allows you to separate yourself from the problem. What is in your control? What can you change?

— Elizabeth Woody, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX
 

"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

Every client has their own story! Every story has it’s own meaning and power. Stories can give more purpose to one’s life. Together we will piece your story together, and help find your voice to be able to tell your true authentic story in your own words.

— Mary Ann Dawkins-Padigela, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pinole, CA