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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by Corydon Ireland

Tell me a story.

That tender and urgent imperative appears to date to early humankind...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Last month saw a standing room only crowd come out to “Tell Me A Story” event sponsored by the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk. The event featured literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and a number of other scholars and writers talking about the necessity of storytelling our world today.

 

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by Martha Johnson

Therapeutic story-telling is a powerful tool parents can use to help their children understand their feelings and behaviors. Foster and adoptive children often struggle with complex issues such as attachment, loss and grieving; and other issues such as handling disappointment and coping with transitions. Today you’ll [read] some stories, learn some techniques and begin to build your own repertoire of therapeutic stories...

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

Storytelling isn’t just for entertainment. It can be a valuable therapeutic tool and way of conveying useful information in the form of wisdom or intuition. Stories allow the listener to absorb information and apply any teaching as they are able to understand it...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Paula Cowie

When you hear my stories
You feel safe
It feels okay
they don't always make sense...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Poet, storyteller and eco-manager Paula Cowie shares a poetic reflection on the power of story.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: It's always refreshing to hear a traditional tale at Christmas time. This one comes from storyteller Michael R. Kasey-O'Malley of Columbus Ohio. Here he offers his version of a tale from Central Europe about the origin of the Christmas tree.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story coach Sean Buvala of seantells.com takes you on a quick journey into storytelling tips and learning. Use Sean's method and learn a story in no time.

 

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

We’ve all experienced the satisfaction of hearing or reading a good story or feeling that “wow” factor after watching an engaging film. And when telling a story, we frequently feel better for sharing it...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Neuroscience research is increasingly learning more about our amazing brains. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, I discover what this research has learned about how story affects our brains -- seems that it does so in a very positive manner. This research is also attracting attention from the world of well-being, business, and even the military.

 

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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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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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