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 encounter most concepts in life through a narrative lens and this has informed my work and study. I have pursued various opportunities to work under and research various Narrative Therapy practitioners and techniques. It is a goal of mine to continue to do this moving forward.

— Kenneth Ferguson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oklahoma City, OK

Narrative Therapy is one of the models I was trained in.

— Tomoko Iimura, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,
 

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

I have over 9 years of experience in the fields of abuse, trauma, and interpersonal violence. I find narrative therapy to be a helpful tool in supporting clients enhance the stories they share about themselves and their experiences. Revisiting and "re-writing" these narratives can be helpful in addressing the guilt and shame we may carry with us as a result of traumatic events.

— Sumara Baig, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

In narrative therapy, clients will experience a collaborative and empowering environment working closely with me as I facilitate the reshaping and reconstruction of their personal narratives. My role involves guiding my clients in exploring the stories they hold about their lives, relationships, and challenges to help clients gain new insights, discover alternative perspectives, and develop a deeper understanding of their own experiences. This ultimately fosters positive change and growth.

— Allison Freeman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Belmont, NC

Narrative Therapy allows room for the client's full life in the therapy room. Narrative therapy realizes that the client is the expert on their own life, and it is the therapists job to ask good questions that help thicken the story line and increase the client's own agency. Narrative therapy was my introduction to trauma therapy and I weave the principels of it into all the work I do.

— Kori Hennessy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in minneapolis, MN
 

I use Narrative Therapy to learn about the stories that a client tells about their life. Throughout the therapeutic process, we will "thicken the narrative" and discuss the ways that we may "re-story" our lives.

— Mia Dal Santo, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Oak Park, IL

Narrative therapy is a non-pathologizing (see above: "you are not broken"), empowering (you CAN do this), and collaborative (you don't have to go it alone) approach that recognizes that you have skills and expertise that can help you make changes in your life. Narrative therapy strives to help separate YOU from your problems, to see problems as *outside of* not *part of* yourself. By doing this together, we can address issues in a more productive way.

— Amy Ruth Crevola, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Corvallis, OR
 

As we go through our life, we build a narrative of our experience that frames how we perceive our decisions and relationships. Sometimes, these narratives are overly negative, narrow, or biased. I look forward to revising your narrative to one that is more inclusive, positive, and optimistic.

— Carly Friedman, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX

Narrative therapy will help you see that you are not The Problem. We work together to name The Problem and develop a relationship with The Problem to resolve it. For example, if you have anxiety, you are not an anxious person. The Problem is Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Social Anxiety Disorder. We talk to and about Anxiety The Problem, not to get rid of it, but to learn to live with it. Narrative Therapy involves addressing your issues, exploring them, and organizing them to benefit you.

— Shemya Vaughn, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

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

Narrative therapy is effective at helping clients who have experienced trauma. Mild traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that affects people who have been exposed to a severe or life-threatening event. Narrative therapy helps clients to process their experiences and work through the trauma they've faced. It uses storytelling as a way to heal, which allows the client to use their own voice and create meaning from their experience.

— Katie Robey, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Gatos, CA
 

In Narrative Therapy, I help clients reshape the stories they tell about their lives to better align with their values and goals. I focus on separating personal identity from problems, empowering clients to rewrite their narratives. This method is particularly effective for those looking to reclaim agency over their life stories, fostering growth and positive change.

— Indya Clark, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO