Narrative therapy is a collaborative and respectful approach to therapy. Created by Australian therapists Michael White and David Epston, this type of therapy focuses on the stories of people’s lives and puts forth that each person produces the meaning of their life from the stories that are available from their social, cultural and political contexts.

Narrative Therapy

Stories are made up of events, linked by a theme, occurring over time and according to a plot. A story emerges as certain events are selected over other events as truer or more important.  As the story takes shape, the teller further selects only information that perpetuates and supports the story, while ignoring other events.  These stories both describe and shape people’s perspectives on their lives, histories and futures, and can be inspiring or oppressive.

Postmodern narrative therapy believes that there is no one objective ‘truth’ and that there are many multiple possible interpretations of any event.  Thus within a narrative approach, our lives are seen as having multiple stories rather than a single story.

Therapists who use a narrative approach don’t see themselves as the “experts” who solve problems, but collaborators who, through questions and conversations, put the client at the center of their therapy to discover the hopeful, preferred, and previously unrecognized and hidden possibilities contained within themselves.

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