• Narrative Therapy

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    What is Narrative Therapy?

    Storytelling has been a crucial part of human history since we developed language. One only needs to look at the cave paintings of the Stone Age, the complex tales told by ancient Egyptians, and the fact that mythology exists in every single culture, to see that humans make meaning and understand the world through story.

    Narrative therapy intends to help clients make meaning and understanding of their world through story.

    By providing clients with safety to explore, tell, and rewrite the stories of their own lives, this modality aims to help clients identify what values and skills they possess, in order to demonstrate that they are the experts of their lives.

    Narrative therapy is empowering in that it works by first creating a separation between the individual and the problem they are facing, in order to demonstrate to the client that they have problems – they are not their problems. 

    By creating this space, narrative therapists help the individual internalize their strengths and competencies, and externalize their difficulties. Clients who use Narrative therapy often create storylines of their experiences to provide meaning, shift their thinking, and develop self-compassion.

    What can you expect from Narrative Therapy?

    Throughout the sessions, clients can expect their therapist to 

    • ask questions to deepen meaning, 
    • gently challenge the language they use to tell their story, and 
    • guide them to further explore this with a positive mindset.

    The goal is to tell and re-tell the story using deeper meaning, identified strengths, resources, dignity, and perhaps even humor.

    Therapists will also identify parts of the story that have been quickly explained or ignored, in order to understand why certain parts have been left out and how this can be changed. The goal of this approach is to empower clients to be able to tell their story without shame. 

    Narrative therapy is client-driven, so clients can expect therapists to ask open-ended questions and to help strengthen one’s self-worth.

    What can Narrative Therapy help with?

    Narrative therapy has been shown to help individuals struggling with various difficulties including:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • PTSD
    • Trauma
    • Grief

    It has also been used in couples therapy and family therapy to support couples and families struggling with a myriad of difficulties. 

    Meet our Narrative Therapy Practitioners

    Ready to get started? Reach out to us today!

    Reach out to us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation with a therapist to learn how we might be able to help.

    Call, text, or email using the information/form below. Our administrative team will answer any questions you might have and learn how we can help you. 

    Prefer to book on your own? Don’t want to wait for the office to open? Click the link below to schedule a consultation.

    If you’re specifically interested in Narrative Therapy, please tell us at this time so that we can connect you with a therapist trained in it. 

    You will then be connected with a therapist for a free 15-minute consultation. 

    This is a chance for us to meet the therapist, ask questions and learn about their approach so that you can determine if they’re the right fit for you. 

    Schedule your first therapy appointment and begin your healing journey! 

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