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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Literary agent Julian Freedman demystifies the art of storytelling. You may not agree with what he says, but you can't fault Freedman for being straightforward and honest.


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by Donna Jacobs Sife

And blessed by story as I am, when I spoke publicly about the things I felt and saw, I was able to speak to injustice directly to the heart, without the defence that can rise from speaking too directly to the mind, and thereby threateningly. Stories are like that, they creep in to do their work like spies?they gently and devastatingly prod us awake.

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by Daniel Allison

I recently made a trip to Dubai on the Arabian Peninsula to tell stories at a festival. Telling stories to any group of people always feels like a privilege to me; to be entrusted to guide people’s imaginations through darkness and danger, laughter and light. But this felt special in a different way...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Following his recent trip to perform in Dubai, Scottish storyteller Daniel Allison reflects on the age-old art of storytelling and its power to connect us to the past and to each other.


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by Eliane Du

We generally believe that doctors are meant to save lives within their power and ability, but from my experience that is not always the case.

Several years after the Vietnam War ended, my mother decided to leave the country taking her four children with her. It was a drastic decision, but like many Vietnamese “boat people”, we had to risk everything, including our lives, to find a new life...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: During the years following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled the Communist-controlled regime. Most escaped in boats—many of them crude and unseaworthy—to cross the South China Sea. These people risked dehydration, drowning and attacks by pirates for a chance at freedom. Writer and Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy researcher Eliane Du was one of the lucky ones. Read her harrowing story of survival and remember the plight of many like her the next time you taste a lemon.


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BJC Hospice Expressive Therapy for Children (A Path to Healing) in St Louis, Missouri USA. Expressive therapy helps children with life-limiting illnesses and their families express and cope with experiences, thoughts and emotions. Using various therapeutic activities including art, music, play, writing and storytelling, the expressive therapy program...


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by Sandy Krzyzanowski

My mother-in-law lost her beloved husband of almost 55 years close to nine years ago. Over the years, literally every picture of the two of them showed her head lying lovingly on his shoulder. We all knew how much they adored each other. Shortly after his death, she was awakened by the sound of someone singing...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Yoga teacher Sandy Krzyzanowski pays tribute to her parents in this touching story of healing and blessing.


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by Janet R. Mullen LCSW

One day, a kindly woman was taking a walk when she heard a sound: mew, mew, mew. She looked around and there, hiding behind a bush, there was a little kitten. It looked up at her and mewed even louder but stayed behind the bush...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, therapist Janet Mullen tells a story of a woman who rescues a kitten. As their relationship develops, we learn more about the art of healing.


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This hour-long video conference features host Eric Miller and his guest storytellers who hold a conversation about the therapeutic nature of story. Eric is the director at the World Storytelling Institute in Chennai, India and the organiser of the Chennai Storytelling Festival. His guests include Sayantani DasGupta, MD (NYC, USA); Lani Peterson (Andover, Massachusetts, USA); Laura Hope-Gill (Asheville, North Carolina, USA); Linda Whiteside (San Diego, CA, USA); Asha Sampath (Chennai, India); Lavanya Srinivas (Chennai, India); and Susan Perrow (Brisbane, Australia). More at


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by Sydney Solis, RYT

Words have power. The power to create, connect, relate and excite. The whole universe is created by sound and words and many traditions speak of this...

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, yoga teacher and storyteller Sydney Solis awakens the storyteller with practical advice for using story and yoga with children. Tips and techniques are accompanied by a short story which readers can use to explore the power of words and movement.


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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: This is a video of “The Christmas Story” as told by the children of St. Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand. Besides being adorable, I found this version to be quite creative. I hope you enjoy it, no matter what you personally celebrate and honor during this season of holy days. May we all enjoy a more peaceful and prosperous world in 2013!


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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: The Internet is full of inspiring stories. Be inspired by the story of Inocente, a young woman who lives on the streets of San Diego with her younger brothers and Mother. Inocente is an aspiring artist. Amidst the despair of her homelessness, she creates beautiful, colourful, joyful paintings. Such a young woman is an inspiration to us all. Watch and enjoy her story!


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by Michael Williams,

ATH Editor of Storytelling

According to Dr. Thomas K. Houston, leader of the study, stories help patients makes sense of what is happening to them. He states, “We learn through stories, and we use them to make sense of our lives. It’s a natural extension to think that we could use stories to improve our health...”


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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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