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.

Meet the specialists

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
 

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

I trained in Narrative Therapy at the Evanston Family Therapy Center, and Narrative concepts underpin all my work with clients. The single most powerful idea in Narrative work is that the problem is the problem, and the person is the person. In other words, YOU are not the problem. I use Narrative Therapy to collaborate with people in examining the effects problems have on their lives. We look at the dominant cultural stories that support those problems and work together to shine a light on the dreams, values, skills, and hard won knowledge that allow you to stand up to problems.

— Kathryn Stinson, Counselor in St. Louis, MO
 

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

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
 

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

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

— Rachelle Miller, Counselor in Spokane Valley, WA
 

Explore the stories we create around different areas in our lives.

— Casey Cullen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

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
 

Narrative therapy is all about taking control of your own story. We often let other people write our stories for us - how frustrating! It’s time to the the power back, lift your pen, and get to writing the story you’ve always dreamed of living.

— Mackenzi Kingdon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Narrative therapy looks at our life through the lens of stories- stories that we tell ourselves, that our family tells us or that our society tells us about who we are. We can deconstruct those stories to help us understand our lives and also to re-write our stories- which is super exciting to me! Using narrative therapy means that I also tend to use metaphors and stories to help clients understand big concepts, sometimes carrying a metaphor for several weeks to help people understand things like how the brain works or how trauma impacts our bodies.

— Erin Copley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

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

We are not our problems! In session we explore how Anxiety interferes with a client’s life. We focus on autobiographical information and how chapters in life are processed. By reframing the past, we see our strengths and our talents that may have been overlooked. And a new chapter is ready to be written!

— Amy Shore, Counselor in Sugar Land, TX
 

You are the expert in your own life. I am trained to be the expert at asking questions that get you to discover the knowledge you have about you and your life. I create a non-judgmental space where my clients can explore their deepest and most sensitive issues.

— Matianna Baldassari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

I support clients in using examples from their past and present that support them in feeling capable and strong as well as a sense of empowerment of their story going forward.

— Ashley Ellis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

More of a traditional "talk therapy" session, engaged in conversational communication that allows the therapist and client to both ask questions and give feedback, still in an unbiased and non-judgemental environment. Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy 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.

— Amanda Dutton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gainesville, GA
 

Narrative therapy is a method of therapy that separates a person from their problem. I encourage people to rely on their own skills to minimize problems that exist in their lives. Narrative therapy uses the power of the stories people tell to help people discover their life purpose. I often assign my clients the role of “narrator” in their own story. I recognize that people have skills and expertise that can help guide change in their lives. Narrative therapy separates people from their problems. This allows me to help people externalize sensitive issues. Objectifying an issues may lower a person’s resistance and defenses. This allows people to address issues in a more productive way.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ

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
 

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