What is Narrative Therapy?
Narrative therapy works on the premise that “The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem” (White & Epston 1990).
The term narrative comes from the focus upon the telling of stories and the shaping of new realities, both of which are key to this therapeutic approach. It is a collaborative, non-blaming approach which views children, young people and families as experts in their own lives. Therapy is, therefore, seen as an active process whereby solutions, strengths and abilities are harnessed to alleviate psychological distress and promote healthy functioning. With its emphasis on an exploratory ‘playful’ approach, narrative therapy is particularly effective with children and in promoting positive relationships between family members.
What Happens in Narrative Therapy Sessions?
Following an initial assessment, this approach may be used alone or in conjunction with aspects of another therapy (e.g. CBT). This flexibility is maintained so that the needs of the individual child / family can be met and the most appropriate therapeutic strategies employed. The number of sessions you will be seen for will be discussed at the assessment and reviewed regularly.
Where Can I Find More Information?
More information on the approach can be found by following the link www.narrative-approaches.com