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 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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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Australian storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong presents a Jewish folktale for pre-schoolers. Sometimes known as "The Tailor", Jenni's story is, as she writes, "a beautiful, simple, circle story, which makes it easy to retell and so perfect for beginnners." Learn more about Jenni's work at www.storytree.com.au.

 

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by Sudha Umashanker

Caesar was our family’s first pup. A friend brought him to us in a tiny carton. Black for the most part with a few patches of cream on his legs...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In the second story from Indian journalist and storyteller Sudha Umashanker, we read a bittersweet tale of a precocious pup named Caesar, a much loved family pet. Sharing stories not only honours our beloved friends, it is a crucial part of healing the heart.

 

Family & Parenting


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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by Juliet Bruce

Whether we are trying to nourish the inherent strengths of a troubled young person, find deeper love in a conflicted relationship, rebuild our life after loss, create common ground between adversaries, or express ourselves in a fresh way, there is no system, structure, or formula more powerful than creative process...

 

 

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by Lisa Bloom

The phone rang. I should answer that. I had been in the middle of writing a proposal. It took me 10 minutes to get off the call. And at least another 10 to get back to writing the proposal. The meeting was supposed to start at midday. They won’t be discussing my project this time, but I should be there, I’m sure the senior team would think that. It lasted 2 hours, I hadn’t eaten since 6am.

   

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: How often have you been governed by “should”? You know, “I want to do this but I should do this” or “I’d love to but I don’t know if I should.” So often in life, we make decisions based on what we think others expect of us. We learn these expectations from an early age from parents, teachers, and from the culture we grow up in. And very often these “shoulds” are more about serving the needs of others to our own detriment. We do what we think we “should” do and then resent that we didn’t do what we wanted. In the following article, Story Coach Lisa Bloom shares a personal experience of dealing with the “shoulds” in her life.

 

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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 Lisa Bloom

I didn't suspect anything when I stepped into the elevator.

I couldn't have done anything more ordinary that day, just moving from one part of the ship to another...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story coach Lisa Bloom tells a personal "trouble in Paradise" story that she kept hidden and untold for many years. Read how this story helped set her free. Is there a story you need to tell?

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Parent to Child and Therapy Associates is a therapy studio located in Center City, Philadelphia. With emphasis on art and music therapies, it helps children with anxiety, depression and other kinds of mental issues. Temple University student Steven Yuan reports on October 6, 2012 during its special opening hours collaborated with Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) project.

 

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by Ronda Robinson

I believe people all over the world hunger for inspiration. A lot of headlines unfortunately feed us negative news, and all the while we really yearn for something that uplifts our souls...

 

Editor's Note from Michael WilliamsAuthor Ronda Robinson writes of the Israelis she has known over the years who are working behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others. In this article, she focuses on one—Clara Hammer, affectionately knows at the “Chicken Lady of Jerusalem”.

 

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by Juliet Bruce 

I co-facilitated a social skills summer camp for special needs kids with many of the problems you described. They ranged in age from 6 to 12 and there were 10 of them.

What I did was to give them a better story than the one they were used to hearing about themselves and that was imprinting itself more deeply every day on their sense of who they were and what life would be like for them.
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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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