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 and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling and peace education. He is a member of the Scottish Storytelli...
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Michael Williams, PhD
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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 Norma-Jean Strickland: Since we’re approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share a 10-minute video which is one of the most beautiful expressions of gratitude I have seen in quite awhile. Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. As a visual artist, he has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Another wonderful TED Talk video featuring storyteller Kristin Pedemonti. Kristin tells the story of her encounter on a New York subway and her Free Hugs campaign.

 

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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: If you're not familiar with the "Humans of New York" web site, you'll find it an inspired project combining storytelling and photography. The "human" behind the project is Brandon Stanton, a young photographer who decided to go out on the streets and listen and record the stories of ordinary people. This is a heartwarming and inspiring video and a reminder that everyone has a story to share. Watch how people come to life when someone offers to listen to their story. That's healing.

 

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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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by Joan Stockbridge

Yesterday I flew back from my nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, celebrated in the same little stone church where I’d been married 36 years earlier. And the reception was very festive, with the dance floor crowded all night...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As All Souls Day approaches, I am reminded of how many cultures honour their dead with a meal, a visit to the grave, and sharing of memories. No one is ever dead, an ancient tale reminds us, as long as we keep telling stories about the departed. In this poignant article, storyteller, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator Joan Stockbridge recounts the importance of “ceremony” as a way of dealing with death and grief.

 

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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 Juliet Bruce 

I co-facilitated a social skills summer camp for special needs kids with many of the problems you described. They ranged in age from 6 to 12 and there were 10 of them.

What I did was to give them a better story than the one they were used to hearing about themselves and that was imprinting itself more deeply every day on their sense of who they were and what life would be like for them.
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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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