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 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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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 Lisa Bloom

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s about a particular woman, it’s about every person. It’s about me and it’s about you. It is a story about our stories...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I met Lisa a few years ago during a storytelling tour in Israel and have since then become a big fan of her work. She's not only a great storyteller but an inspiring story coach helping others find the courage to share their stories. The following story is taken from her newsletter and is typical of the passion Lisa brings to her work.

 

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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 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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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: “Therapeutic” has a variety of meanings. “Therapeutic Storytelling” can offer a tale that is deeply personal, yet simultaneously universal in its appeal. Stories are part of the fabric of life, so where better to begin than with a story about birth? Life is a gift and filled with mystery and wonder! Please enjoy this fascinating video exploring how life begins. Mathematician Alexander Tsiaris uses art and technology to take us on a visual journey from conception to birth and beyond. He marvels at how we get to be expressed as unique individuals and wind up being who we are.

 

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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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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 Trent S. Parker and Karen S. Wampler

It is common to experience emotional changes while engaged in a book, television program, or movie. Feelings of excitement, sadness, and other emotions are experienced while following the storyline. This study explores whether such emotional shifts can be introduced in a clinical setting by using therapeutic story telling...

 

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: If laughter really is the best medicine then this video will bring you health and well-being, if not a chuckle or two. Jack Martin is a veteran Scottish storyteller and the winner of this year's Tall Tales Competition in Edinburgh. Watch and feel wonderful.

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

You always think it happens to someone else -- accidents, serious illness and hospitalisation. In his poem "Ambulances" the poet Philip Larkin suggests that while we all look on with concern and gravity when we hear the ambulance siren, we're all greatly relieved that it's not coming for us...

 

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"Stories are the collective wisdom of everyone who has ever lived. Your job as a storyteller is not simply to entertain. Nor is it to be noticed for the way you turn a phrase. You have a very important job - one of the most important. Your job is to let people know that everyone shares their feelings - and that these feelings bind us. Your job is a healing art, and like all healers, you have a responsibility. Let people know they are not alone. You must make people understand that we are all the same."

~ Brian McDonald, The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Storytelling is integral to a positive and meaningful business transaction. So any advice which would make such transactions a "healthier" experience should be welcomed. Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte Design, a company which helps businesses tell their story more effectively. In this video, she makes a compelling case for using story to reach out and engage with people. Learn more at www.duarte.com.

 

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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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