mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

What is Narrative Therapy?

Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the stories or narratives that people construct about their lives. Developed by Michael White and David Epston in the 1980s, narrative therapy is based on the idea that individuals interpret their experiences through the lens of these narratives, which shape their identity, beliefs, and behaviors.

How Does Narrative Therapy Work?

In narrative therapy, the therapist collaborates with the client to explore and understand the dominant narratives that influence their lives. These narratives may include patterns of thinking, problem-solving strategies, and interpretations of past events. The therapist helps the client to identify the ways in which these narratives may be limiting or problematic and works with them to construct new, more empowering narratives.

What Can Narrative Therapy Treat?

Narrative therapy is often used to address a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, relationship problems, and cultural identity. It emphasizes the importance of individual agency, creativity, and the ability to rewrite one’s life story in a way that aligns with personal values and goals.

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