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 the lens that I see everything else through. Narrative Therapy is all about telling your story. I believe there is deep power is sharing the story of who you are, and deciding how you want to write the rest of your chapters for the future. I've found that when people tell their story, they're able to take control and not feel like this is something that happened to them, but rather just another part of their story. It's does not define you if you don't want it to.

— Molly Lizzio, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Syracuse, NY
 

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

Narrative therapy is a method of therapy that separates a person from their problem. "The person isn't the problem, the problem is the problem". We seek to understand how the problem came to be, what the impact of the problem is on your "self", and try to understand your relationship with the problem. Narrative therapists look at the way personal experiences become personal stories, how "problems" infiltrate personal stories, and how stories shape how we understand ourselves.

— Dayna Sharp, Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

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

Narrative therapy uses a systemic understanding of problems and helps us reframe the stories we tell ourselves to include story lines that bring more hope and connection.

— Cyndi Darnell, Sex Therapist in NYC, NY
 

Narrative Therapy has been a part of my approach to counseling since I started. I help clients to re-frame their life story and learn to walk in this new narrative. Trauma-focused Narrative Therapy can help clients move past the distorted self-beliefs that are the byproduct of trauma. Often, other therapies such as Art Therapy are integrated with Narrative Therapy.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Use this to help client shift the narrative they have about themselves and their lives.

— Aimee Monterrosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles,

The stories we are told about our lives, whether by society, others, or ourselves, dramatically impact the trajectories of our lives.

— Grant Gordin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

For many of us, the stories about ourselves and our lives that live in our hearts and minds can dictate a lot of what we experience. I work with clients to identify the personal narratives that hold us back, externalize them, and work to change them.

— Maya Grodman, Counselor in Portland, OR

We all use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. Through borrowing tenets from narrative therapy and storytelling frameworks, I provide clients with a unique way to understand where they are in their own journey, how they got there, where they'd like to go next, and how to get moving in the right direction. Narrative therapy provides a great framework for guiding clients to unstick their stuck.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX
 

I use a narrative approach to therapy which is non-blaming and separates problems from people. I am collaborative.

— Rachelle Miller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Spokane Valley, WA

Narrative Therapy has been a part of my approach to counseling since I started. I help clients to re-frame their life story and learn to walk in this new narrative. Trauma-focused Narrative Therapy can help clients move past the distorted self-beliefs that are the byproduct of trauma. Often, other therapies such as Art Therapy are integrated with Narrative Therapy.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

In this method, we work together to gain a better understanding of your existing narratives of self (stories about who you are), which are often outdated and ineffective. Often our stories are heavily impacted by our history and current political climate, whether or not we are aware of it. Together, we can empower you toward the redevelopment and recreation of your storylines about yourself and your life. Your new narrative will emphasize the qualities you most value in yourself and give you the

— Sophia O'Connor, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

I have a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work from The University of Melbourne and use my trainings to ask therapeutic questions with the people who see me.

— Karen Mittet, Counselor in Bellingham, WA
 

I have completed graduate-level coursework and post-graduate continuing education seminars in Narrative Therapy. I am also an active member of the Seattle Narrative Group where I consult with clinicians who have received training from the mothers and fathers of Narrative Therapy.

— Brian Prester, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA

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 Sacramento, CA
 

Narrative- Focus on effects of the problem, not the cause (how problem impacts family; how family affects problem) ○ Changes the way the clients view themselves and assist them in re-authoring their story in a positive light; find the alternative but preferred story that is not problem-saturated

— Dr. Melissa Arias Shah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Springs, FL