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

What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost your way in life? There are many ways of seeking help if you find yourself in this situation. One way is to “speak the unspeakable” which can be accomplished through creative therapy using art, music, dance or words...


Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: People dealing specifically with therapy may find this article useful, whether they are the professional or the client.



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by Lisa Bloom

So it looks something like this.

Beautiful, young woman. Rich, successful, living the life.

Happy marriage. Gorgeous, perfectly behaved kids...

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Being authentic is something we all strive for, but it's not easy given the many roles we're asked to play in life. Story Coach founder Lisa Bloom strips away the 'mask' and explores the reality beneath and suggests that our vulnerability is what makes us human.


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video is a lovely introduction to the work of author and workshop facilitator John Killick. Killick works with adults suffering with dementia. He utilizes elements of play and storytelling in his work. You can't help but smile and admire this approach as you watch the enjoyment in his Funshop workshop.


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by Lisabeth Sewell McCann

This story is like the other stories in our “Stories for Helping and Healing Series” – in that it is written to support children through challenges or hard times...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Stories are there to help us when we're in pain or 'dis-eased'. Stories can give us some distance to explore our illness, our grief, our pain. They can offer us solace, comfort and solace in the notion that we are not alone. In the story below, Lisabeth Sewell McCann offers a tale in response to the untimely death of a child in the hope that her story might help with the healing process of grief.


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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: “Therapeutic” has a variety of meanings. “Therapeutic Storytelling” can offer a tale that is deeply personal, yet simultaneously universal in its appeal. Stories are part of the fabric of life, so where better to begin than with a story about birth? Life is a gift and filled with mystery and wonder! Please enjoy this fascinating video exploring how life begins. Mathematician Alexander Tsiaris uses art and technology to take us on a visual journey from conception to birth and beyond. He marvels at how we get to be expressed as unique individuals and wind up being who we are.


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by Diane Coucoulas Calleson, PhD

At some point though, maybe during the period of diagnosis and movement into surgery, I stopped using the calendar abruptly. I had moved into a shocked state. This new life of having an illness quickly took over my routine of work and vacation, and my focus turned to



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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



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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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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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