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

That day, so long ago, that I rushed home from school to ask my mother for the blue dress knowing that I would sell my brothers and sisters to the Russians just to own it.

There was going to be a special program at church Saturday night, and Don the Dreamboat was taking me. I wanted to look as beautiful on the outside as I felt on the inside when he looked at me. I was convinced I needed that special blue dress to show him how pretty I could be on the outside...

 

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by Susi Wolf

In Sky World there was a certain Star Woman who had a child. She loved this Star Child so much and did everything she could to nurture and protect it. But, as things happen, the Star Child grew ill and died...

 

Editor's Note: In her story, storyteller Susi Wolf transforms the pain of loss through a mythical tale of the Star Child.


 

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by Helen McKay

STORYTELLING is a valuable device when utilised in therapy. But be aware that this is a field for specially trained counsellors and specialist psychologists. If you haven't acquired these qualifications, don't attempt to work in this field without specialist guidance. Untrained people can do much harm. Extract from Chapter 11, 'Story Therapy'.

Australian storytellers and authors Helen McKay and Berice Dudley have produced a thought-provoking book which the therapeutic storyteller will find useful and stimulating.

 

 

 

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by Pedro Gondim
Your life is a narrative, counted and recounted from many different perspectives, and by diverse people. There are settings, themes, characters and plots – just like in any movie, book, historical account or legendary fable. In this article we review the approach of Narrative Therapy...

 

 

 

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Project to record life stories of seniors in San Francisco, co-sponsored by Famento.com & San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. A lovely example of the joy life stories can bring...

 

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by Judith E. Glaser

Judith GlaserOur stories either build or break down relationships with others. At work, we interact with colleagues and hopefully create networks and build alliances. Every day in your business, there are a million interactions that will create either a positive or a negative dynamic among people. While these interactions may seem small, they begin to add up to a larger pattern. We are either spiralling up or down. We are either building a stronger sense of I or a stronger sense of WE...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice–and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. When listening and viewing this video, be sure to turn up your volume. The video is just under 19 minutes and is exceptional.

 

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

The following books are highly recommended for those of you who wish to delve more deeply into storytelling, whether you are a writer, teacher or student, particularly since the new school year has already begun. These books will assist your research into the elements of what makes a good story, interpretation and other tools...

 

 

 

 

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Parents sometimes become storytellers whether they want to or not. This YouTube video is from the Minnesota Public Radio station and is about a mother answering her young daughter’s relentless questions about sex. It made me laugh so hard, I nearly cried! I hope you enjoy it, too!

 

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A Perfect Fit by Emily Jameson

A loving digital story by Emily Jameson which pays tribute to her friend Katie Nolan who tragically died with two friends while climbing on Mt. Hood in northern Oregon in 2009. Emily's story is an example of the power of storytelling to celebrate lives and to initiate the healing after such a tragedy. For more on this story go here.  

 

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by Heather Plett

When my mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did. Ann gave us an incredible gift in those final days.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a therapeutic storyteller, “holding the space” for the story to emerge is a crucial part of the healing process. In this article—first published in her blog—writer and coach Heather Plett offers some wonderful insights and practical advice on how to “hold the space” for others and shares how she came to appreciate this quality during her mother’s final days.

 

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“One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?”


~ Matthew Fox

 

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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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