What is narrative therapy?

Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and believes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.

The stories we have about our lives are created through linking certain events together in a particular sequence across a time period and finding a way of explaining or making sense of them. This meaning forms the plot of the story. We give meanings to our experiences constantly as we live our lives. A narrative is like a thread that weaves the events together, forming a story. Some of these stories are positive and give us a sense of meaning, some of these stories are negative and they destroy meaning, We as therapists support our clients to make stories of meaning be the stories that they choose to live and they learn to turn away from the destructive stories as well.