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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Adapted by Janet Mullen from a story by Vicki Gabriner

From the corners where the silence remains, there came the urgency to go to a mountain top and scream out the whole truth. I sent out a prayer to God, to the universe - “It’s too painful, I can’t take it!” - and she came to me, the power of my mind, the energy of the universe, an angel of God in blue, like the Good Fairy in the Wizard of Oz, waving a wand...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this story, therapist Jan Mullen tells the story of a child who has a vision of a “Good Fairy” who comes and helps her deal with her pain.

 

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“Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

~Mary Catherine Bateson

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this TEDxEast talk, V.O.I.C.E. project founder, poet and storyteller Sarah Kay entertains with poetry and storytelling weaving a riveting narrative of family history and imagination. Learn more about Sarah's work at www.project-voice.net.

 

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by Donna Jacobs Sife

And blessed by story as I am, when I spoke publicly about the things I felt and saw, I was able to speak to injustice directly to the heart, without the defence that can rise from speaking too directly to the mind, and thereby threateningly. Stories are like that, they creep in to do their work like spies?they gently and devastatingly prod us awake.



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(a Traditional Oral Marathi Tale Khulbhar Doodh from the Region of Maharashtra in India)
as retold by Aanand Chabukswar

Once as a King was riding through his country, he came to the temple of Shiva. Suddenly an urge to please the God seized him. As soon as he returned to his palace, he sent out an order - a royal proclamation commanding all his people to offer every drop of milk from the kingdom to Shiva on the special festival day of Shivratri...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Through a combination of mentoring, case-management, education, and exposure to the creative arts, the One Story, One World project inspires young people to create their own stories which serve to improve their self-esteem and equip them with essential life skills necessary to not only survive, but thrive in today’s society.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Literary agent Julian Freedman demystifies the art of storytelling. You may not agree with what he says, but you can't fault Freedman for being straightforward and honest.

 

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by Wendy Woolfson

"This is a project that uses storytelling as the tool that helps draw out the young people’s personal stories. The aim is to nurture these voices and encourage young carers to tell their own important and powerful stories. Young carers are often invisible. This project aims to give them a voice..."

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Storyteller Patrick Lewis tell the much-loved tale of the Wide Mouthed Frog to a delighted group of children who jump right into the spirit of the story. They nearly steal the show away too.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Is Laughter Therapeutic? Have you heard a famous expression that says, “Laughter is the best medicine?” New research suggests that one of the benefits of laughter may be that it prevents heart attacks. So, does that mean you can say laughter is therapeutic?

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A traditional parable that demonstrates the importance of storytelling in passing along difficult truths.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Professor of English and psychologist Geri Chavis talks about her book "Poetry and Story Therapy: the Healing Power of Creative Expression." She shares some of her beliefs and techniques for working with poetry and story therapeutically and is aimed mostly at health practitioners and educators but it will of interest to anyone who works with the creative arts and therapies.

 

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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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