Narrative therapy was founded on the idea that people have several narratives, or stories, that create a sense of who they are. A narrative therapist views problems as separate from people and assumes people having many skills, values, beliefs and competencies that will help them change their relationship with the problems influencing their lives. In contrast to a form of more traditional therapy, narrative therapy does not put the therapist in the position of expert, but more as a collaborator, helping you uncover parts of yourself that may have been hidden or forgotten about, helping you better solve your problems.
Local Experts in Narrative Therapy
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy
Narrative therapy looks at how people create stories about their experiences, and considers how client's meanings impact self-perceptions. Narrative therapy works to demonstrate a difference between who we are and what we think, feel, and do, and works to support the client in recognizing the problem as being outside of themselves.
Narrative therapy principles are the foundation of my approach. Narrative believes that the person is not the problem, rather, the problem is the problem, and we have the power to fix that problem.
Narrative therapists view people as multi-storied and identity is seen as a social construction. Sometimes broader societal structures tell stories about us without our consent. Narrative therapists ask questions to draw on the knowledge of the person who consults them. This knowledge includes the community, cultural, and ancestral knowledge.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy
I received specialized training in Narrative Therapy from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, and practice Narrative Exposure Therapy as part of my trauma therapy practice. I appreciate the strengths-based and storytelling approach of Narrative Therapy, and often integrate it into sessions with clients of all ages.