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!

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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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by Edward Tick

Warriors in traditional societies served the need for protection, and all that was done was done in the tribe’s name. They had rituals transferring responsibility for actions during warfare from veterans to the entire culture. Ultimately leaders, not ordinary troops, were held responsible for the results of battle and for the deaths that occurred...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A short time ago, the Soldier's Heart organization was one of our featured charities. Its founder, Ed Tick, Ph.D., has worked with war veterans or “warriors” for more than 30 years. His article tells of the importance of encouraging warriors to share their stories to enable healing from the trauma of war and from associated illnesses such as PTSD. Continued from Part 1.

 

 

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by Ted Kuntz

The people of the Hopi First Nations understood the power of stories. They had a strong oral tradition and used storytelling as the means to transfer wisdom from one generation to the next.

Carefully embedded within each story were the values, skills and knowledge the elders deemed necessary to navigate the challenges of life successfully...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This article was first published in Ted Kuntz's newsletter "Peace Begins With Me" (March 2013). We hope you enjoy it and will be inspired to read more about Ted's peace education work and interest in story.

 

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by Edward Tick, PhD

Guilt, shame, slaughter without purpose, alienation from homeland and life itself—this was the legacy that Günter passed on to his son Walt from his World War II combat service in Hitler’s Wehrmacht. Walt, “the only child born in freedom,” was born in the United States shortly after his parents emigrated here from Germany...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A short time ago, the Soldier's Heart organization was one of our featured charities. Their founder, Ed Tick, Ph.D., has worked with war veterans or “warriors” for more than 30 years. His article tells of the importance of encouraging warriors to share their stories to enable healing from the trauma of war and from associated illnesses such as PTSD.

 

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by Mark D. Hyde

In a brief encounter with a total stranger, I finally realized an insight that has taken me years to grasp. In a world where we long for everything new, bright, and shiny, I had come to be OK with, embrace, and even appreciated the dents, dings, and damage that life inevitably brought my way...
 

 

 

 

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by Joan Stockbridge

Yesterday I flew back from my nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, celebrated in the same little stone church where I’d been married 36 years earlier. And the reception was very festive, with the dance floor crowded all night...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As All Souls Day approaches, I am reminded of how many cultures honour their dead with a meal, a visit to the grave, and sharing of memories. No one is ever dead, an ancient tale reminds us, as long as we keep telling stories about the departed. In this poignant article, storyteller, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator Joan Stockbridge recounts the importance of “ceremony” as a way of dealing with death and grief.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: If you're not familiar with the "Humans of New York" web site, you'll find it an inspired project combining storytelling and photography. The "human" behind the project is Brandon Stanton, a young photographer who decided to go out on the streets and listen and record the stories of ordinary people. This is a heartwarming and inspiring video and a reminder that everyone has a story to share. Watch how people come to life when someone offers to listen to their story. That's healing.

 

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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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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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by Sudha Umashanker

Caesar was our family’s first pup. A friend brought him to us in a tiny carton. Black for the most part with a few patches of cream on his legs...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In the second story from Indian journalist and storyteller Sudha Umashanker, we read a bittersweet tale of a precocious pup named Caesar, a much loved family pet. Sharing stories not only honours our beloved friends, it is a crucial part of healing the heart.

 

Family & Parenting


 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In "The Punishment" storyteller Linda Goodman tell of how her disobedience led to healing her relationship with her mother. Take the time to listen.

 

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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: Parent to Child and Therapy Associates is a therapy studio located in Center City, Philadelphia. With emphasis on art and music therapies, it helps children with anxiety, depression and other kinds of mental issues. Temple University student Steven Yuan reports on October 6, 2012 during its special opening hours collaborated with Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) project.

 

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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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