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 utilize Narrative Therapy to help clients uncover negative self talk and the internal shaming inner critic. Narrative Therapy helps clients become embrace being an expert in their own life. I empower clients to reframe negative narratives into positive ones to effectively view themselves in a more positive light. Negative narratives are a large drive in low self esteem and self worth. As clients develop positive narratives instead, they gradually develop more confidence and higher self esteem.

— Cindy Hyde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Everyone has a story and as a therapist, I love to hear the clients story. Narrative therapy allows clients to find their voice and to use their voice to become experts within their own lives.

— Chioko Grevious, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

As a post-modern approach, Narrative Therapy centers you as the expert of your life. My role is to ask questions to bring you through processing your life in a way that allows for you to re-examine and re-narrate in a way that is empowering and clarifying. By doing so, we'll discuss carrying that empowerment into how you "write" your life going forward.

— Elizabeth Bolton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX

You’re not coming in as a blank slate — your strengths and insights from everything you’ve already navigated are a big deal. We’ll celebrate those and build on them. And if it’s hard to see the strengths within you, I promise they ARE there and we will find them. When you bring a struggle, we’ll unpack it and when you bring a victory, we’ll fully harness the win and use it to keep moving forward.

— Halina Brooke, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

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

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 help clients center their story. Unfortunately, we are unable to control all of what happens to us in life, but we can center our voice and choose what meaning we give those experiences. Using art materials, I help clients externalize their story in various ways, giving them the power to become an observer which in turn evokes capability and empowerment to approach lingering problems. The outcome of such art processes widens the clients perspective and possibilities.

— April Fitzpatrick, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

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

One of the basic tenants of narrative therapy is that people are not the problem. But, that the problem is the problem. We will work to separate you from your problems. I believe that people have relationships with their problems. Their problems do not need to define who they are as a person. Narrative therapy helps individuals to discover the meanings that they have internalized. These stories become the basis from which we see the world, ourselves, others, God, and more.

— Josh Foster, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , MD

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 love Narrative Therapy! This has been a treatment style i have actively made as part of my unique approach. Studying it and utilizing its main structure or more specific exercises to identify stories we tell ourselves or "rules" we live by and working as the editor to rewrite. Or to take the pen as we have been living by someone else's narrative, opinion and rules!

— Adalyn Wilson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

"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

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

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