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
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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by Ronda Robinson

I believe people all over the world hunger for inspiration. A lot of headlines unfortunately feed us negative news, and all the while we really yearn for something that uplifts our souls...

 

Editor's Note from Michael WilliamsAuthor Ronda Robinson writes of the Israelis she has known over the years who are working behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others. In this article, she focuses on one—Clara Hammer, affectionately knows at the “Chicken Lady of Jerusalem”.

 

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by Diane Coucoulas Calleson, PhD

At some point though, maybe during the period of diagnosis and movement into surgery, I stopped using the calendar abruptly. I had moved into a shocked state. This new life of having an illness quickly took over my routine of work and vacation, and my focus turned to just...getting...through...the...day...

 

 

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by Mary Louise Chown

Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."

 

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by Diane Rook

Healing stories can change the way we see our lives and the world.  Using metaphor and imagery, stories offer healing and growth to everyone - those who tell them and those who listen. They connect us to each other and help us find meaning as we imagine new possibilities and find hope...

 

 

 

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by Michael Williams, PhD
ATH Editor of Theraputic Storytelling

Years ago, while working as a counsellor in Canada, I found myself struggling to help a young 14-year old girl in distress. She'd come into the therapeutic program having suffered years of sexual abuse. She was anorexic and suicidal. After months of counseling, I managed to establish a certain level of trust with her but increasingly I found myself at a loss as to how to help her out of her despair. My training seemed inadequate, unable to provide her with the answers for which she was desperate. How could I help her find some meaning in her life worth living for...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Following the death of her husband in 2010, digital artist Kathy Tarochione decided to celebrate his life by creating digital stories using photos, music and film. Today she is a "LifeStory Designer" collaborating with other artists enabling her clients to tell their story. Using multimedia and her graphic art talents and creativity, Kathy transforms those special moments in a person's life into beautiful and memorable stories which can be treasured for years to come.

 

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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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by Juliet Bruce

Whether we are trying to nourish the inherent strengths of a troubled young person, find deeper love in a conflicted relationship, rebuild our life after loss, create common ground between adversaries, or express ourselves in a fresh way, there is no system, structure, or formula more powerful than creative process...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Master Scottish storyteller David Campbell tells us the story of a swift-footed Fianna. Be quick or you'll miss it. Learn more about David at http://www.daviddcampbell.co.uk/

 

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a letter from Auriol de Smidt to Michael Williams

Here is a true story for you:

When I was thirteen my mother, a nurse, found herself nursing me in a little country hospital in Africa, with a very serious attack of typhoid fever. No antibiotics at that time...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Over the past 9 months, I struggled with an unexpected illness. Fortunately, I received the treatment I needed, have recovered, and am feeling much better thanks to the many prayers and blessings sent to me by family and friends—near and far. Together with the medical treatment I received, this positive energy, I believe, contributed to my healing.

I hope Auriol's story brings some of its blessing to you.

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling

Love it or loathe it, Google is very much part of our online lives. For many, it's the digital engine of choice, bringing us information, images, our email, supporting our blogs and hosting our conversations. For anyone working online, it's an essential tool and that's no less true for the editor of Therapeutic Storytelling here at All Things Healing...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Love it loathe it Google can be a very useful tool for searching the world's best stories on storytelling.

 

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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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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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