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!

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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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A couple of years ago, my friend and fellow storyteller Raphael Rodan teamed up with Arjen Barel and Inger Lise Ourlich to found the International School of Storytelling and Peace in Amsterdam. Each year they invite numbers of young people from Israel and Palestine as well as from across Europe to come together to share their stories and to use storytelling and drama to explore conflict resolution. This video gives you an insight into the philosophy and practice of this ground-breaking endeavour. It was filmed, directed and edited by Rodan's storytelling partner Anastasis Sarakatsanos.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Storytelling is integral to a positive and meaningful business transaction. So any advice which would make such transactions a "healthier" experience should be welcomed. Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte Design, a company which helps businesses tell their story more effectively. In this video, she makes a compelling case for using story to reach out and engage with people. Learn more at www.duarte.com.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this video, South African wildlife activist Boyd Varty shares stories about what he learned from the country's former leader Nelson Mandela and from the wildlife that he knows and loves. This is a moving video from a young man full of heart and the spirit of "ubuntu".

 

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

People who attended “The Mysterium”  in Loveland, Colorado with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés had an opportunity to obtain many of her books and audio programs. I was fortunate enough to get three items which I understand are currently out of print. One of them is entitled, “The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough.” It was originally published in 1993 by The Ballantine Publishing Group in New York...

 

 

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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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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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