Narrative Therapy

Give Your Anxiety A Personality

Filed in Anxiety, Narrative Therapy by on August 19, 2014
Give Your Anxiety A Personality

Narrative therapy separates the problem from the person in order to get some perspective, viewing the problem objectively from a distance, as a distinctly separate entity from the person experiencing it. This idea works particularly well when thinking about existential anxiety since like we have written in many other places anxiety is the threat of […]

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Care With Labels

Care With Labels

The fact that these days people receive a diagnostic label they must carry around for the rest of their lives based on a one hour interview is mind boggling. There are so many variables in play, like how the client is feeling that day, how active symptoms are, what the clinician has been reading and […]

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Intoxication and Withdrawal

Filed in Addictions, Narrative Therapy by on May 23, 2014
Intoxication and Withdrawal

The genius of the narrative paradigm is that by making problems separate from you for a time, creating some distance and seeing them as their own entities instead of part and parcel of your being, you see these problems much more clearly, and your insight usually leads to a path for overcoming them. In the […]

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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Filed in Abuse, Narrative Therapy by on May 14, 2014
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

We tend to paint people who abuse as the villains of the story, and this has to do with living in an individualistic society where we believe that each of us is responsible for our own actions. While this is ultimately true, it’s equally true that our thoughts and actions are a product of an […]

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Recognizing Life Skills

Recognizing Life Skills

When people decide to seek therapy it usually means they feel like they have exhausted all of the available routes for overcoming their problems. It’s too bad that the paradigm is largely about curing dysfunction rather than fostering growth, but that’s the state of the mental health industry today. What this can lead to is […]

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You Are Not Your Diagnosis

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

“Depressed people think they know themselves, but maybe they only know depression.” – Mark Epstein For some receiving a mental health diagnosis is a good thing because it creates certainty around an area that was always cloudy and threatening. Just having an explanation can provide a lot of relief, even when this explanation doesn’t do […]

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You Define Who You Are

Filed in Narrative Therapy, Self-Actualization by on April 21, 2014
You Define Who You Are

Wrong perceptions have the power to influence the way you define yourself if you let them. The dominant narratives and labels foisted upon us are often biased and never tell the whole story because they reduce us to a narrow definition based on just a few data points. Yet many conform their thoughts and actions […]

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