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
(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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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 Noa Baum

Since 2002, Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum has performed “A Land Twice Promised,” a one-woman show based on her dialogue with a Palestinian woman also living in the United States. The piece weaves together both the women’s and their mothers’ memories of war and occupation. Baum’s work illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike...


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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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Master Scottish storyteller David Campbell tells us the story of a swift-footed Fianna. Be quick or you'll miss it. Learn more about David at


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by Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling

Love it or loathe it, Google is very much part of our online lives. For many, it's the digital engine of choice, bringing us information, images, our email, supporting our blogs and hosting our conversations. For anyone working online, it's an essential tool and that's no less true for the editor of Therapeutic Storytelling here at All Things Healing...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Love it loathe it Google can be a very useful tool for searching the world's best stories on storytelling.


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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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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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