Narrative Therapy

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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Problem With The Favorable Dominant Narrative

Problem With The Favorable Dominant Narrative

Narrative therapists are concerned with deconstructing the rich tapestry of stories that make up social reality in order to help clients become aware that the way they see themselves, what we would call their dominant narrative, is not necessarily indicative of who they really are. There are usually a multitude of data points to contradict […]

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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Filed in Couples, Narrative Therapy by on February 14, 2014
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Valentines day is a manufactured holiday but the cultural pressure is so intense that completely ignoring the hubbub is not really an option. So why not go the other direction and use the day as a chance to deepen and strengthen your relationship? What you can do for your partner, and what all good counselors […]

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