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 Kim Murriera

Kim MurrieraAt first the children and I were in a honeymoon period. This lasted for almost a month, and then slowly things began to fall apart. Children were falling out of chairs, lunches were being thrown across the room, physical fights were breaking out on the playground and the social atmosphere of the class was unkind. I was at a loss as what to do with the children. It was obvious they were feeling abandoned and were acting out these feelings. . .
 
 
 
 

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Although we don't get to hear Baba tell a story, this recent video of his trip to Peru reveals some lovely moments of street life and Baba's encounters with young people. Baba has a wonderful way of combining humour, song and wisdom in his performances. Audiences come away with a greater respect for the art of storytelling. For that alone, Baba's work deserves wider recognition. Learn moreabout his work by following the links to more videos by Baba the Storyteller.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: If laughter really is the best medicine then this video will bring you health and well-being, if not a chuckle or two. Jack Martin is a veteran Scottish storyteller and the winner of this year's Tall Tales Competition in Edinburgh. Watch and feel wonderful.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video highlights the importance of the talking circle and shared stories in restorative justice. Documentary filmmaker, educator and journalist Paulette Moore creates a moving explanation of how and why talking circles are effective. Through her work Moore explores how art, power, conflict, justice and beauty all intersect, inspire and inform.

 

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by Ted Kuntz

In my journey to create peace and joy in my life I too came to recognize the power of stories - both the stories I told myself and the stories I allowed to be told to me. I learned that by carefully managing these stories I could create the experience of peace and joy at will. The secret to living joyfully was to recognize my role as a storyteller and to take full responsibility for the stories I told myself...

 

 

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by Michael Berman

I am often asked why, even though I have a driving licence and would benefit from having a car due to the difficulty I now have in walking or using public transport, I do not have one. Though not strictly true, I usually answer to reduce my carbon footprint, but, the real reason for my decision not to drive is somewhat different...

 

Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: While attending a workshop near the legendary Glastonbury, author Michael Berman experiences a life-changing story.

 

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

1. Be present: Before you begin telling your story, take time to be present with your audience. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to a few people, and thank them for coming. Others who see this will feel you’re actually a friendly human being. Feel the energy in the room. Remember, the audience wants you to do well. Tap into that energy. Introduce yourself. Take the time to create the space in which you will deliver the story. Pace it out, get a feel of it, make it yours. Connect with your breathing. Listen . . . then begin. Commit to the story and have fun. Let the story tell you.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a storyteller, people often assume I’m an extrovert who loves getting up in front of people and telling stories. I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous. The truth is, I’m an introvert and not entirely comfortable being in front of large groups of people. But I love sharing stories with others. And thanks to some techniques, some sound advice, and lots of practice, I can now stand up in front of an audience and deliver my stories and actually enjoy the experience.

In what follows, I share some reflections gathered over the years as a storyteller and story coach. Some were passed on to me by some very wise mentors and coaches and others have come about through trial and error. But over the years, I’ve found them to be 5 sure-fire ways to tell a compelling story. I hope you will too. All the best on your journey to becoming the storyteller you want to be. Feel free to e-mail me with your story.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Note from Co-Editor Michael Williams: I made this video as part of a course I'm taking aimed at creating 'soulful' videos. My task was to create a video that told a story using imagery, sound and text. The story here is a reminder that we all need to return to a place that nourishes us and reminds us to take time for ourselves. It was filmed at North Berwick in Scotland, not too far from my home in Edinburgh. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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by Mary Phillips-Sandy

Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?

A: It’s knowing what to do with stories.
My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: If it has been awhile since you listened to portions of Bill Moyers’ classic interviews with Joseph Campbell entitled, “The Power of Myth,” then I offer this conversation about our ancestors – the first storytellers. Evidence suggests that stories began 250,000 years ago and it is Joseph Campbell’s belief that we carry these stories in our very bones today. I hope you enjoy this dialogue as much as I do!

 

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by Michael Williams, PhD
ATH Editor of Theraputic Storytelling

Years ago, while working as a counsellor in Canada, I found myself struggling to help a young 14-year old girl in distress. She'd come into the therapeutic program having suffered years of sexual abuse. She was anorexic and suicidal. After months of counseling, I managed to establish a certain level of trust with her but increasingly I found myself at a loss as to how to help her out of her despair. My training seemed inadequate, unable to provide her with the answers for which she was desperate. How could I help her find some meaning in her life worth living for...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Following the death of her husband in 2010, digital artist Kathy Tarochione decided to celebrate his life by creating digital stories using photos, music and film. Today she is a "LifeStory Designer" collaborating with other artists enabling her clients to tell their story. Using multimedia and her graphic art talents and creativity, Kathy transforms those special moments in a person's life into beautiful and memorable stories which can be treasured for years to come.

 

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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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