THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING

What is Therapeutic Storytelling? Stories use metaphor and imagery to change the way we see our lives and the world, offering healing and growth to everyone - teller and listener alike. They connect us to each other and help us find meaning and hope. Therapeutic storytelling can change the way we see our lives and the world. Using metaphor, stories offer healing to everyone. For more information about therapeutic storytelling, visit All Things Healing online today!

Introduction to Therapeutic Storytelling
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(Asst Editor: Norma-Jean Strickland) Michael is a storyteller, StoryCoach, and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling, coaching, leadership, personal and community dev...
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Michael Williams, PhD
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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by Lisa Bloom

We arrived in plenty of time, exactly three hours before we were due to take off. There was no security check, surprisingly enough, and then they told us that the flight was cancelled...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story-coach Lisa Bloom recounts a personal experience to remind us of which stories we buy into -- disaster stories or opportunity stories? Read on and then tell me, which one is yours? A must-read for business owners and creative entrepreneurs.

 

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by Lisa Bloom

Thirty-five years ago, I revealed a terrible secret.

I told my friend something that she was not supposed to know. It was a dreadful secret that had been held in their family forever...

 

 

 

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by Martha Alderson, MA

The Universal Story is the heartbeat of the universe. It's in the undercurrent of every breath you take, every story you tell yourself, and all the stories you write. The Universal Story represents the story of one man changing and evolving as part of the bigger story of all of nature and world around us undergoing constant change and evolution...

 

Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Martha Alderson, MA, is a writer by night, but by day she helps other writers achieve their dreams of completing a worthy project. During a plot consultation with her, writers recount the scenes and events, ideas and vision for their stories. Throughout the process, she whispers plot parameters, offers tips on theme and nuance, character and depth, tricks for layering and pacing, all with the hope of reawakening in writers the rhythm of the Universal Story form.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The founder of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University, Dr. Rita Charon, gives a TEDxTalk in Atlanta on the importance of honoring our stories of illness. Dr. Charon gets to the heart of the meaning of medicine and the importance of storytelling to our health and well-being.
 

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by Cheri Baker

Appreciative Inquiry is a consulting methodology or philosophy which states that powerful change can arise from a focus on what is already working well in organizations. Rather than the old problem solving approach of fixing what is broken, AI tells us to focus on what is strongest, and then translate those strengths into action...

 

Editor's Note: In this article, consultant Cheri Baker shares her experience of using Appreciative Inquiry and storytelling to transform and empower a business team.

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

You always think it happens to someone else -- accidents, serious illness and hospitalisation. In his poem "Ambulances" the poet Philip Larkin suggests that while we all look on with concern and gravity when we hear the ambulance siren, we're all greatly relieved that it's not coming for us...

 

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by Michael Watson

The last couple of weeks have brought to our attention a large number of posts about the transformative power of story. We would like to share a few of those...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Storyteller and psychotherapist Michael Watson shares some recent reflections on the transforming power of storytelling.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Storyteller Burt Meyer from North Carolina tells the tale of "Jack and Old Man Death", one of many Jack tales that made their way over from Scotland and Ireland to the Appalachians in the U.S. It's a classic story and one that was meant to help us become more accepting of our mortality.

 

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by Mary Louise Chown

Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."

 

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by Gillian Huebner

Perhaps the most devastating - and simultaneously most hopeful - experience that I have had as a humanitarian worker was during the final stage of Angola's civil war. In February 2002, I was in Moxico, where internally displaced populations were arriving in droves, often in critical condition...

 

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by Lisa Bloom

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s about a particular woman, it’s about every person. It’s about me and it’s about you. It is a story about our stories...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I met Lisa a few years ago during a storytelling tour in Israel and have since then become a big fan of her work. She's not only a great storyteller but an inspiring story coach helping others find the courage to share their stories. The following story is taken from her newsletter and is typical of the passion Lisa brings to her work.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The death of storyteller Syd Lieberman leaves a hole in the storytelling world that will be tough to fill. In this video, award-winning storyteller and teacher Lieberman reminds why he was much loved. Here he demonstrates why story is the most effective way for teachers to share their experiences in order to build support for and understanding of their work. He shows how story touches listeners and readers, and presents a model of how to put together a story that teachers can use in writing their own pieces.

 

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Moggys Tale: A Story Coaching Journey

by Michael Williams, PhD, Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

A middle-aged woman—a former librarian—stands before us, takes a deep breath, looks us in the eye and begins. Over the next five minutes she tells a story of a cat. The cat once belonged to her, in another place, in another time. Then the cat died. End of story.

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