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 to 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 them to see themselves as someone who has the skills and experience necessary to facilitate change in their 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 concerns 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.