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 Jonathan Young

 
Mythic stories make up a kind of collective dream that we all have together. If we want to understand our dreams, in many respects, we can look at these stories and study them...
 
 
 
 

 

by Jonathan Young

When the people of Hamelin refused to pay the Pied Piper what they had promised, he led the children of the village away with his magical music. This key moment in a familiar fairy tale carries many insights.

 

 

 


by Juliet Bruce

Story provides structure for safely expressing pain and negative beliefs that hamper development. Telling the story of difficult experience makes you its master rather than its victim...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In Part 1, Juliet Bruce talked about how reassessing our life stories can empower us. In “The Call To Adventure, Part 2”  she shares her thoughts on how story transforms life experiences. Through storytelling, she suggests, we are empowered to make the most of our lives.

 

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by Juliet Bruce

We are born into this world as creatures of infinite possibility. From our first days, we connect dots of random experience that pour in through our senses. These connections become our foundational stories – templates of expectation about who we are and how our life will be...

 

 

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“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself.”

~ Henry Miller

 

 

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by Lisa Bloom

It was the height of the troubles.

There were incidents almost every day.

It was hard to see any pattern. Nowhere was safe, every place a potential target. No specific groups were mentioned, everyone felt vulnerable...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In her recent blog article, Story Coach Lisa Bloom—no stranger to chaos and violence – brings a sobering perspective to the recent events in the world.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

 

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reviewed by Laura Simms

The peace-making potential of engaged storytelling is described and made visceral in The New Story: Storytelling as a pathway to Peace (Matador, 2015). Savor the opportunity to sit with someone who has walked the walk personally and professionaly...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Award-winning storyteller, author, and humanitarian Laura Simms reviews an important book from Inger Lise Oelrich entitled The New Story: Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace (Matador, 2015).

 

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by Laura Simms

The Journey of the Healer as Teller of Tales is complex:

As a storyteller I have learned that to tell a story and lead others through it with a depth of intimacy and distance (simultaneously) I need to have lived the story myself. It is not always the incidents of the tale that I know, but the experience of the journey...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As Laura points out, the journey of the storyteller as healer is a long and complex one. Yet, it is absolutely necessary, for the storyteller cannot take his or her audience on an emotional journey without having travelled the path beforehand. In this article, Laura shares her map of one of those journeys.

 

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by Lisa Bloom

We arrived in plenty of time, exactly three hours before we were due to take off. There was no security check, surprisingly enough, and then they told us that the flight was cancelled...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story-coach Lisa Bloom recounts a personal experience to remind us of which stories we buy into -- disaster stories or opportunity stories? Read on and then tell me, which one is yours? A must-read for business owners and creative entrepreneurs.

 

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by Lisa Bloom

Thirty-five years ago, I revealed a terrible secret.

I told my friend something that she was not supposed to know. It was a dreadful secret that had been held in their family forever...

 

 

 

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by Martha Alderson, MA

The Universal Story is the heartbeat of the universe. It's in the undercurrent of every breath you take, every story you tell yourself, and all the stories you write. The Universal Story represents the story of one man changing and evolving as part of the bigger story of all of nature and world around us undergoing constant change and evolution...

 

Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Martha Alderson, MA, is a writer by night, but by day she helps other writers achieve their dreams of completing a worthy project. During a plot consultation with her, writers recount the scenes and events, ideas and vision for their stories. Throughout the process, she whispers plot parameters, offers tips on theme and nuance, character and depth, tricks for layering and pacing, all with the hope of reawakening in writers the rhythm of the Universal Story form.

 

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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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