Narrative therapy is a social constructive philosophical approach to psychotherapy that has been developed to help clients deconstruct their negative and self-defeating life stories while rebuilding healthy and positive life stories through the use of various techniques. This paper will discuss the leading figures, some concepts and techniques, ethics, some similarities and dissimilarities of other theories compared to Narrative therapy. This paper will also address my personal integration of faith regarding the theory of Narrative therapy.
Narrative Family Counseling Approach
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Over all, the client learns to make sense of their life and how their assumptions influence them and their world around them. During NT, the role of the therapist is to be a collaborator with the client and together they thicken the narrative stories. The therapist listens to the client’s story, searches for unique outcomes, uses the process of questioning, and assists the client to separate the self from the problem so the new story can be created. Within the whole story of our life, there are little stories that we create. Stories consist of events, sequence, time, and a plot (Morgan, 2000). As humans, we like to analyze and make sense of our world; therefore, creating our life stories (Morgan, 2000). In NT, Murdock (2009) provides and explains several different types of stories that we create. There are five types of stories which are called the dominant story, the alternate story, the cultural discourse, the, problem-saturated story, and the preferred story (Murdock, 2009, p. 496). The dominant stories are considered thick and stand out over others and are the ones that we hold as our worldviews and form our identity. The alternate stories are considered thin and are hidden by the dominant story. Thick stories are elaborate and rich while thin stories contain few events and details. The stories that we create construct our meaning of life that we see as truths and are developed from