Narrative Therapy is a method of therapy that attempts to separate the person from the problem. Narrative Therapy is a method of therapy that attempts to separate the person from the problem.
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
The narrative therapist focuses upon narrative in the therapy. The narrative therapist is a collaborator with the client in the process of developing richer (or “thicker”) narratives. In this process, narrative therapists ask questions to generate experientially vivid descriptions of life events that are not currently included in the plot of the problematic story
Narrative therapy works by helping people ‘deconstruct’ unproductive stories in order to ‘reconstruct’ positive ones. In the process of re-storing experiences, especially where unhappy emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety and depression dominate, new and more empowering events can restore lives.
Narrative Therapy can:
- Improve Personal and Family Relationships
- Provides an environment for respect and value to flourish.
- Create positive interactions
- Transform negative communication or responses into more accepting, non-judgmental and meaningful exchanges.
In Narrative therapy a person’s beliefs, skills, principles, and knowledge in the end help them regain their life from a problem.