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 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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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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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 Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer Ramsay the Story GirlThe objective of ‘Weaving Stories’ is to tell and share our personal stories around a central theme and to sew these story images onto a patchwork. The finished patchwork is then the base to create a new collective story...

 

 

 

 

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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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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 http://www.storytellinginstitute.org/88.htm

 

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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 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 Sydney Solis, RYT

Words have power. The power to create, connect, relate and excite. The whole universe is created by sound and words and many traditions speak of this...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, yoga teacher and storyteller Sydney Solis awakens the storyteller with practical advice for using story and yoga with children. Tips and techniques are accompanied by a short story which readers can use to explore the power of words and movement.

 

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by Michael Berman

Long ago there was a certain Chuang stonemason. He was famous for his extraordinary skill at his trade. One day a rich man needed some stonecutting done and sent for him. When he got there he saw that his employer lived in a great mansion, was dressed in silk and satin, ate all kinds of delicacies from oceans and mountains, and was waited on my maids and servants. Very envious, the mason gave up working, and wanted only to become such a rich man himself...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Sticks and stones may break our bones but they make far better stories. In the following, storyteller Michael Berman contributes two classic and transformative stories.

 

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by Lisa Bloom

I didn't suspect anything when I stepped into the elevator.

I couldn't have done anything more ordinary that day, just moving from one part of the ship to another...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story coach Lisa Bloom tells a personal "trouble in Paradise" story that she kept hidden and untold for many years. Read how this story helped set her free. Is there a story you need to tell?

 

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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: The Internet is full of inspiring stories. Be inspired by the story of Inocente, a young woman who lives on the streets of San Diego with her younger brothers and Mother. Inocente is an aspiring artist. Amidst the despair of her homelessness, she creates beautiful, colourful, joyful paintings. Such a young woman is an inspiration to us all. Watch and enjoy her story!

 

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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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