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
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by Mary B. Summerlin

One of my dreams came true when I was in the 8th grade. I won a horse! I was a 4-H member in my community and participated in all the projects. That year one of the local farmers who raised Tennessee Walking Horses announced that he was giving a 6-month-old colt to the most outstanding 4-H Club member in the county that year. Well, I loved horses, read all the novels in the library, studied books, and listened to grown-ups whenever they talked about horses. So I got to work - very, very hard. I don't remember all the things I did but I WON...

 

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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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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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Storyteller Marilyn McPhie delivers a TedxTalk on the wonder and importance of storytelling.

 

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by Wendy Woolfson

I have been working in Glasgow with a group of adults with learning disabilities in a therapeutic reading group for a few months and I’d like to share this session with you...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and therapeutic reading group leader Wendy Woolfson shares her experience working in Glasgow with a group of adults with learning disabilities in a therapeutic reading group. The project has been funded by SLIC Scottish Library and Information Council. 

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

The world of storytelling, like other arts, consists of performers. Anyone who has organised a storytelling performance with a lineup of talented tellers will recognise that like other artists, storytellers are not immune from the effects of celebrity; performances can often bring out our egoistical needs and desires...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In "The Punishment" storyteller Linda Goodman tell of how her disobedience led to healing her relationship with her mother. Take the time to listen.

 

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by Bobby Seigetsu Avstreih

Our brains are hard-wired for grammar, rhythm and flow - in other words, for stories. An infant, when played a tape of a mother's comforting words in Chinese or English or Russian, will smile at the observer's face. But when the same types of sounds are removed from their context, are scrambled and played as random 'nonsense', the infant shows distress. As we learn words we continue to express our need for order through storytelling...

 

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by Sudha Umashanker

It was a coconut tree that was lovingly planted by my late grandmother decades ago. Back then, Chennai was not chock-a-bloc with houses and with the plot behind our house being vacant it didn’t matter if our tree was close to the compound wall...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I'm pleased to introduce Sudha Umashanker to our All Things Healing readers. Sudha is a young journalist from Chennai in India. In addition to writing about important social issues, Sudha is a trained storyteller. Many of her stories, like this one, are drawn from her memories of childhood and family life. They are a reminder of the everyday challenges we meet in life, the events we grieve and the ones we celebrate. In our increasingly urbanised world, this is a story that reminds us that Nature's loss is also our own.

 

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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: In this TEDx video, Grammy-award winning storyteller Bill Harley talks about story and storytelling. If you enjoy this, find out more about Bill at his website http://www.billharley.com/default.asp.

 

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by Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer Ramsay the Story GirlThe objective of ‘Weaving Stories’ is to tell and share our personal stories around a central theme and to sew these story images onto a patchwork. The finished patchwork is then the base to create a new collective story...

 

 

 

 

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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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