What Can Narrative Therapy Do For You?
Change can happen through the power of you telling your story. Compassion on our part as psychotherapy helpers is vital. Together in a safe, non-judgmental therapy setting, we can:
- assist you in better understanding your challenges,
- help you see how your sociocultural sphere plays a factor, and
- show you how you can create a new narrative; a new way to view your story
You Gain Structure
Narrative therapy provides you with a structure to express your ideas about your life situations and occurrences while being mindful of the other dynamics that influence your sphere socially, ethnically, and politically. What is very special about the narrative approach is that it takes away the focus from self-blame.
You Externalize the Issues
Narrative therapy externalizes the issues rather than personalizing them. This helps you detach your sense of identity from a problem and enable you to view the problem as the problem. Through externalization, we will ask you questions as you tell your story and guide you into giving the issue a name that is not attached to your identity. Letter writing or creating art are some of the ways that can achieve this purpose.
You Own Your Story
Narrative therapy can lessen the burden your individual story may be having on you. Through narrative therapy, we will work together as you tell your story, and you’ll have the opportunity to see your words in new ways and contemplate perspectives that perhaps you had not before. Through psychotherapy, we help you articulate and find the significance of your challenges, and set goals for solutions. Regardless of whether you choose narrative therapy or another type of therapy, we remain an empathetic support system for YOU.
By Liz Kogan