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, StoryCoach, and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling, coaching, leadership, personal and community dev...
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by Michael Williams,

ATH Editor of Storytelling

According to Dr. Thomas K. Houston, leader of the study, stories help patients makes sense of what is happening to them. He states, “We learn through stories, and we use them to make sense of our lives. It’s a natural extension to think that we could use stories to improve our health...”


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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

Storytelling isn’t just for entertainment. It can be a valuable therapeutic tool and way of conveying useful information in the form of wisdom or intuition. Stories allow the listener to absorb information and apply any teaching as they are able to understand it...






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by Paula Cowie

When you hear my stories
You feel safe
It feels okay
they don't always make sense...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Poet, storyteller and eco-manager Paula Cowie shares a poetic reflection on the power of story.


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Story coach Sean Buvala of 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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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


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by Eliane Du

We generally believe that doctors are meant to save lives within their power and ability, but from my experience that is not always the case.

Several years after the Vietnam War ended, my mother decided to leave the country taking her four children with her. It was a drastic decision, but like many Vietnamese “boat people”, we had to risk everything, including our lives, to find a new life...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: During the years following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees fled the Communist-controlled regime. Most escaped in boats—many of them crude and unseaworthy—to cross the South China Sea. These people risked dehydration, drowning and attacks by pirates for a chance at freedom. Writer and Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy researcher Eliane Du was one of the lucky ones. Read her harrowing story of survival and remember the plight of many like her the next time you taste a lemon.


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BJC Hospice Expressive Therapy for Children (A Path to Healing) in St Louis, Missouri USA. Expressive therapy helps children with life-limiting illnesses and their families express and cope with experiences, thoughts and emotions. Using various therapeutic activities including art, music, play, writing and storytelling, the expressive therapy program...


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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 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 Sandy Krzyzanowski

My mother-in-law lost her beloved husband of almost 55 years close to nine years ago. Over the years, literally every picture of the two of them showed her head lying lovingly on his shoulder. We all knew how much they adored each other. Shortly after his death, she was awakened by the sound of someone singing...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Yoga teacher Sandy Krzyzanowski pays tribute to her parents in this touching story of healing and blessing.


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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Asst. Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

People who attended “The Mysterium”  in Loveland, Colorado with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés had an opportunity to obtain many of her books and audio programs. I was fortunate enough to get three items which I understand are currently out of print. One of them is entitled, “The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough.” It was originally published in 1993 by The Ballantine Publishing Group in New York...



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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Although we don't get to hear Baba tell a story, this recent video of his trip to Peru reveals some lovely moments of street life and Baba's encounters with young people. Baba has a wonderful way of combining humour, song and wisdom in his performances. Audiences come away with a greater respect for the art of storytelling. For that alone, Baba's work deserves wider recognition. Learn moreabout his work by following the links to more videos by Baba the Storyteller.


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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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