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 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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by Ronda Robinson

I believe people all over the world hunger for inspiration. A lot of headlines unfortunately feed us negative news, and all the while we really yearn for something that uplifts our souls...


Editor's Note from Michael WilliamsAuthor Ronda Robinson writes of the Israelis she has known over the years who are working behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others. In this article, she focuses on one—Clara Hammer, affectionately knows at the “Chicken Lady of Jerusalem”.


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by Juliet Bruce 

I co-facilitated a social skills summer camp for special needs kids with many of the problems you described. They ranged in age from 6 to 12 and there were 10 of them.

What I did was to give them a better story than the one they were used to hearing about themselves and that was imprinting itself more deeply every day on their sense of who they were and what life would be like for them.

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

"10,000 failures are worth more than one success." Thomas Edison

I want to share a story with you. But only read it if you know what it’s like to feel a failure. If you know that feeling, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Back in 2007, my world collapsed...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Someone once said that we’re measured not by our success, but by how we respond to failure. In this article Michael Williams reflects on the nature of failure in his life and how it led to creating a ‘new story’.


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: For the past 5 years, British film-maker Kevin Brown has been documenting the life of Aboriginal storyteller Francis Firebrace as he travels the world sharing stories of the Dreamtime. This video introduces Francis and tells of Kevin's exciting documentary project and offers viewers an opportunity to become involved.


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by Diane Rook

Healing stories can change the way we see our lives and the world.  Using metaphor and imagery, stories offer healing and growth to everyone - those who tell them and those who listen. They connect us to each other and help us find meaning as we imagine new possibilities and find hope...




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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: In 1996, TimeSlips founder Anne Basting was curious... could improvisation and creative drama techniques that were so powerful for healthy older adults prove helpful for people with Alzheimer's and dementia? TimeSlips is creative storytelling that lets your imagination soar...


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by Donna Jacobs Sife

Using multicultural folktales in the classroom not only gives teachers a vehicle to tackle moral issues, but also exposes children to the uniqueness of other cultures. They illustrate how people around the world deal with common problems, and give children a window into a new world...

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In Part 2 of "Storytelling and Diversity Education", Australian storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife demonstrates how the use of folktales can help children and young people reveal themselves and their concerns through storytelling. See Part 1.


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by Dan Yashinsky

Based on my own experience and on interviews with other parents and medical staff in the neo-natal intensive care unit, I created a storytelling piece called Talking You In. It is a "canta storia" set to the music of composer/guitarist Brian Katz...




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by Donna Jacobs Sife

Personal stories – when teachers tell stories about themselves as children, or as fallible adults, apart from building an intimacy between themselves and their students, their students can also often feel safe to admit to their own fallibilities and internal struggles, particularly if the anecdotes and memories are those of a struggle, a misunderstanding or a reaction to living in a diverse society...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The value of storytelling for diversity and cross-cultural education cannot be overestimated. Storytelling can build relationships, develop empathy and understanding of cultures, develop language, connect with traditions, heal grievances, impart values and ethics, and speak of difficult things in a safe and accessible way.


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by Elisabeth Kuhn

How do storytelling and a happier life go together? In this article, Professor Elisabeth Kuhn describes how 'reframing' our life story can lead to a greater sense of well-being.
We all tell stories about our lives. And our lives generally unfold in a way that matches the stories we tell.


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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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