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!

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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
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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 Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Asst. Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

A friend recently introduced me to the composer Eric Whitacre and his “Virtual Choir,” which has become an Internet sensation. I immediately fell in love with his music and this extraordinary concept of using the Internet for creative collaboration. Naturally, I wanted to share it and thought of including it here at ATH. Imagine my surprise (and delight) to learn that it had already been posted in the ATH Arts and Art Therapy section. I encourage you to look at it (but after you read my article, please)...

 

 

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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 Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

“Just try it, it’s good for you.” How many times have you heard that before? Well, in the case of stories, it’s really true. Stories are good for you...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Increasingly, age-old experience of the positive impact of storytelling is being backed up by research. In this article, I share my thoughts on the "goodness" of storytelling as experienced in my work with young people and others.

 

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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 Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling

Description: "In Scotland, folk songs serve as memories, of places and the dead who once inhabited them. Exploring the theme of change, When the Song Dies seeks to bring the audience under the captive spell of the old ways...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: "When the Song Dies" is a short film by Jamie Chambers. Its message is stark and simple -- when the songs and stories are forgotten so dies the culture. Chambers' film explores the meaning and significance of song and story in Scottish culture. A lovely and haunting film.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: James Geary's TED Talk on metaphor. Any storyteller, of course, recognizes metaphor as an essential element of story. We use approximately six metaphors every minute in our speech. In this video, author James Geary introduces and celebrates the world of metaphor. Learn more about Geary's fascination with metaphor at http://www.jamesgeary.com/.

 

 

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by Edward Tick

Warriors in traditional societies served the need for protection, and all that was done was done in the tribe’s name. They had rituals transferring responsibility for actions during warfare from veterans to the entire culture. Ultimately leaders, not ordinary troops, were held responsible for the results of battle and for the deaths that occurred...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A short time ago, the Soldier's Heart organization was one of our featured charities. Its founder, Ed Tick, Ph.D., has worked with war veterans or “warriors” for more than 30 years. His article tells of the importance of encouraging warriors to share their stories to enable healing from the trauma of war and from associated illnesses such as PTSD. Continued from Part 1.

 

 

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by Edward Tick, PhD

Guilt, shame, slaughter without purpose, alienation from homeland and life itself—this was the legacy that Günter passed on to his son Walt from his World War II combat service in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Walt, “the only child born in freedom,” was born in the United States shortly after his parents emigrated here from Germany...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A short time ago, the Soldier's Heart organization was one of our featured charities. Their founder, Ed Tick, Ph.D., has worked with war veterans or “warriors” for more than 30 years. His article tells of the importance of encouraging warriors to share their stories to enable healing from the trauma of war and from associated illnesses such as PTSD.

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Asst. Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

The you that you say you are is a story that no one but you could have written. Family, culture, conditions, time and space influence your story, but it is your story and it can never belong to anyone else. Your story is filled with triumphs, victories, wins and losses...

 

Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: The following was taken from the Daily Guides for the August 2012 issue of the Science of Mind Magazine, specifically the one for Monday, August 13, 2012, written by Bob Luckin. Permission to quote was obtained directly from the publisher.

 

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by Mark D. Hyde

In a brief encounter with a total stranger, I finally realized an insight that has taken me years to grasp. In a world where we long for everything new, bright, and shiny, I had come to be OK with, embrace, and even appreciated the dents, dings, and damage that life inevitably brought my way...
 

 

 

 

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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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