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The story we believe about ourselves shapes us. Narrative Therapy is a type of therapy that helps people to embrace their future and overcome overwhelming negative thoughts and experiences. Developed in the 1980s by Michael White and David Epston, Narrative Therapy seeks to empower sufferers through a type of counseling that is non-blaming and non-pathological in nature.
Some techniques of Narrative Therapy include: Putting together your narrative, externalization, deconstruction, and unique outcomes. There is evidence that Narrative Therapy may be helpful for a variety of conditions including: Anxiety disorders, attachment issues, ADHD, depression disorders, eating disorders, grief, PTSD, and more.
What is Narrative Therapy?
Narrative Therapy is a type of therapy that helps a person become and embrace being an expert in their own story. This type of therapy helps sperate a person from their problem by encouraging them to rely on their own skills to minimize problems that exist in their life.
In life, the experiences someone has become their personal stories. People tend to give these stories meaning, and these stories shape how they see themselves via their identity. Narrative Therapy uses the power of these stories to help people discover their meaning and purpose in life.
Narrative Therapy Techniques
In Narrative Therapy, there are a variety of techniques and exercises used to help people heal and move past their negative, painful, or traumatic story. Below are some of the most common Narrative Therapy techniques.
Creating Your Narrative
In Narrative Therapy, trained professionals help their clients piece together their story, or narrative. This process helps a sufferer find their voice and explore past events that they've connected meaning to. As the client and trained professional piece their story together, they can begin to become observers to identify the problematic story.
Externalization is a Narrative Therapy technique that helps a sufferer observe themselves from a distance, which helps them put distance between themselves and their problems. This distance allows a person to focus on changing unwanted behaviors.
Deconstruction is a Narrative Therapy technique that is used to help a person gain clarity in their stories. A trained professional will help their clients break down their story into smaller parts, helping them clarify their problem and making it easier to approach and move through.
Unique outcomes is a Narrative Therapy technique that helps a sufferer to maneuver their story so that it doesn't feel concrete, or never changing. A trained professional can help their clients create an alternate story so that they become less “stuck” in their story to positively impact areas of their life including: decision-making, behaviors, experiences, and relationships.
Conditions Narrative Therapy Helps With
Narrative Therapy was developed in the 1980s by Michael White, an Australian social worker, and David Epson, a Family Therapist in New Zealand. This therapy follows these 3 core principles:
- Narrative Therapy respects each client
- Narrative Therapy does not blame clients for their problems
- Narrative Therapy sees clients as experts on their own lives
There is evidence that this unique technique can help treat the following mental health conditions:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attachment Issues
- Depressive Disorders
- Eating Disorders
Why Our Narrative Therapy Worksheets?
Our Narrative Therapy worksheets are designed to help practitioners deliver Narrative Therapy to their clients more effectively.
Benefits of our Narrative Therapy Worksheets:
- Take in responses from clients on a digital device like a computer
- Organize client documents in an easy to find folder on your computer or in the cloud
- Search for specific questions and/or answers by using “CTRL + f” function on your keyboard when viewing your PDF
- Legibly read your client’s answers
- Print copies that are high in quality – (we made this form grey on purpose! Much easier on your printer)
Key Features of Our Narrative Therapy Worksheets:
- US letter size (8.5″ x 11″)
- Fillable / Printable
- Editable (If you need to make changes, we can provide you with a free editing website that will allow you to make changes to questions/statements)
- Longform responses
- Short form responses
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