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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Michael Williams, PhD
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“We are the first generation bombarded with so many stories from so many authorities, none of which are our own. The parable of the postmodern mind is the person surrounded by a media center: three television screens in front of them giving three sets of stories; fax machines bringing in other stories; newspapers providing still more stories..."

 

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by Janet R. Mullen LCSW

One day, a kindly woman was taking a walk when she heard a sound: mew, mew, mew. She looked around and there, hiding behind a bush, there was a little kitten. It looked up at her and mewed even louder but stayed behind the bush...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, therapist Janet Mullen tells a story of a woman who rescues a kitten. As their relationship develops, we learn more about the art of healing.

 

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by Michael Berman

The Buddhist parable that follows reveals the transformative power of water in such that even a single tear has the power to move mountains...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This month, author and shaman Michael Berman continues his reflections on the power of water through a Buddhist parable.

 

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by Michael Berman

Invite your learners to each pick three questions that interest them to ask the person they are sitting next to, and then to report back what they find out to the rest of the class...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this month's offering, storyteller Michael Berman turns to the “power of water”. Using quotes from a variety of sources, he suggests questions which teachers and trainers can use to stimulate discussion about the ebb and flow of life on our planet. A useful warm-up or stand-alone exercise...

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: Another wonderful TED Talk video featuring storyteller Kristin Pedemonti. Kristin tells the story of her encounter on a New York subway and her Free Hugs campaign.

 

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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 David Keith

In this instalment, David reflects further on the impact of untold grief in children and explores the path to healing through the power of metaphor, story and community.

 

 

 

 


by David Keith

In Part 1 of this two-part personal reflection on a day in his work with young people, David Keith—founder of the Juniper programme—reveals the power of 'telling your story' with a group of school children. During a session with a group of 11-12yr-olds, David encourages children to share their feelings through metaphor and personal story, a process which unexpectedly uncovers a trove of hidden grief, grief untold. The healing begins...

 

 

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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: In this TEDx video, Grammy-award winning storyteller Bill Harley talks about story and storytelling. If you enjoy this, find out more about Bill at his website http://www.billharley.com/default.asp.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: If it has been awhile since you listened to portions of Bill Moyers’ classic interviews with Joseph Campbell entitled, “The Power of Myth,” then I offer this conversation about our ancestors – the first storytellers. Evidence suggests that stories began 250,000 years ago and it is Joseph Campbell’s belief that we carry these stories in our very bones today. I hope you enjoy this dialogue as much as I do!

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As we approach Remembrance Day on November 11th, we take time to reflect on the sacrifice of several generations of men and women warriors in war. Importantly, we also turn our thoughts to those who need our compassion and help to recover from the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of war. 'Theatre of War' is one such healing 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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