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 Ted Kuntz

In my journey to create peace and joy in my life I too came to recognize the power of stories - both the stories I told myself and the stories I allowed to be told to me. I learned that by carefully managing these stories I could create the experience of peace and joy at will. The secret to living joyfully was to recognize my role as a storyteller and to take full responsibility for the stories I told myself...

 

 

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by Michael Berman

I am often asked why, even though I have a driving licence and would benefit from having a car due to the difficulty I now have in walking or using public transport, I do not have one. Though not strictly true, I usually answer to reduce my carbon footprint, but, the real reason for my decision not to drive is somewhat different...

 

Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: While attending a workshop near the legendary Glastonbury, author Michael Berman experiences a life-changing story.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Australian storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong presents a Jewish folktale for pre-schoolers. Sometimes known as "The Tailor", Jenni's story is, as she writes, "a beautiful, simple, circle story, which makes it easy to retell and so perfect for beginnners." Learn more about Jenni's work at www.storytree.com.au.

 

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

1. Be present: Before you begin telling your story, take time to be present with your audience. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to a few people, and thank them for coming. Others who see this will feel you’re actually a friendly human being. Feel the energy in the room. Remember, the audience wants you to do well. Tap into that energy. Introduce yourself. Take the time to create the space in which you will deliver the story. Pace it out, get a feel of it, make it yours. Connect with your breathing. Listen . . . then begin. Commit to the story and have fun. Let the story tell you.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a storyteller, people often assume I’m an extrovert who loves getting up in front of people and telling stories. I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous. The truth is, I’m an introvert and not entirely comfortable being in front of large groups of people. But I love sharing stories with others. And thanks to some techniques, some sound advice, and lots of practice, I can now stand up in front of an audience and deliver my stories and actually enjoy the experience.

In what follows, I share some reflections gathered over the years as a storyteller and story coach. Some were passed on to me by some very wise mentors and coaches and others have come about through trial and error. But over the years, I’ve found them to be 5 sure-fire ways to tell a compelling story. I hope you will too. All the best on your journey to becoming the storyteller you want to be. Feel free to e-mail me with your story.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Storyteller Burt Meyer from North Carolina tells the tale of "Jack and Old Man Death", one of many Jack tales that made their way over from Scotland and Ireland to the Appalachians in the U.S. It's a classic story and one that was meant to help us become more accepting of our mortality.

 

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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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by Cheri Baker

Appreciative Inquiry is a consulting methodology or philosophy which states that powerful change can arise from a focus on what is already working well in organizations. Rather than the old problem solving approach of fixing what is broken, AI tells us to focus on what is strongest, and then translate those strengths into action...

 

Editor's Note: In this article, consultant Cheri Baker shares her experience of using Appreciative Inquiry and storytelling to transform and empower a business team.

 

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

The role of the audience is primary to the storytelling performance. Without someone to listen where would the storyteller be? A story needs sharing with another pair of ears, a willing heart and mind. Treat your audience with respect and they will reciprocate ensuring an enjoyable storytelling performance for everyone...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Co-editor Michael Williams begins a series of articles entitled the "ABCs of Storytelling" offering his expertise as a story coach and narrative consultant. These articles include tips, techniques and reflections on the art of storytelling.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Note from Co-Editor Michael Williams: I made this video as part of a course I'm taking aimed at creating 'soulful' videos. My task was to create a video that told a story using imagery, sound and text. The story here is a reminder that we all need to return to a place that nourishes us and reminds us to take time for ourselves. It was filmed at North Berwick in Scotland, not too far from my home in Edinburgh. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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by Mary B. Summerlin

One of my dreams came true when I was in the 8th grade. I won a horse! I was a 4-H member in my community and participated in all the projects. That year one of the local farmers who raised Tennessee Walking Horses announced that he was giving a 6-month-old colt to the most outstanding 4-H Club member in the county that year. Well, I loved horses, read all the novels in the library, studied books, and listened to grown-ups whenever they talked about horses. So I got to work - very, very hard. I don't remember all the things I did but I WON...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: James Geary's TED Talk on metaphor. Any storyteller, of course, recognizes metaphor as an essential element of story. We use approximately six metaphors every minute in our speech. In this video, author James Geary introduces and celebrates the world of metaphor. Learn more about Geary's fascination with metaphor at http://www.jamesgeary.com/.

 

 

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by Mary Phillips-Sandy

Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?

A: It’s knowing what to do with stories.
My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...

 

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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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