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Narrative Therapy & Counselling

What Is Narrative Therapy?: Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is focused on separating yourself from the problem, allowing you to externalize your issues, rather than internalize them. In narrative therapy, you are encouraged to see troubling events or feelings that affect your life as stories that you tell about yourself.

Your therapist will help you to tell these stories and start to view them as external from yourself – things that have happened to you, but that don’t have to define you or be a part of your identity. By seeing your life in stories, you will be encouraged to rewrite the parts of your story that no longer serve you. The stories that you tell will not only be the negative ones.

How narrative therapy is used:  This type of therapy modality separates a person from their problem, aiming to empower you to see yourself as someone who has the skills and experience necessary to facilitate change in your life. A narrative therapist will help you to find positive aspects of your narrative and encourage you to see the inherent traits and skills that you could bring to other areas of your life.

Its purpose is to make space between you and your issue. This creates a situation where you can see the process of how a certain problem only concerning you, rather than harming you. It can also be beneficial to individuals, couples, families and groups, where externalising problems can encourage positive interactions and make negative interactions less challenging.

Narrative Therapists Working at HQ Therapy

What to expect from narrative therapy?: Narrative therapy does not set out to transform you in your therapy sessions, instead, it intent is to transform the effects of the problem you might be experiencing. Its purpose is to make space between you and your issue.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained narrative therapists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to narrative therapy using a wide range range of therapy techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Therapy Issues That Narrative Therapy Helps With

What does narrative therapy deal with?: Because this type of therapy technique is a modality that is considered culturally understanding due to its nature of giving power back to individuals, it’s an effective therapy modality for essentially anyone suffering from a range of  physical and emotional problems and behavioural disorders (see some examples below).

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress your therapy. If you feel like you still need some more help in your decision then get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’) and someone will guide you through the process.

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to narrative therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Narrative Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.