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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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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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: This is a 10-minute video featuring Jackie Merrill, who presents stories to elementary-aged children in the oral tradition, who then goes on to speak of the importance of the role of elders in our society and keeping the art of storytelling alive. She is also Chairperson of the Board of an intergenerational organization called Storybinders, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling (not reading) stories to children in schools.

 

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by Lisa Bloom
 We were living in a house at the top of a hill. From the window in the baby’s room you could see the whole of the city on a rare bright day. And at night sometimes you could see the lights stretch away to forever. The baby was unsettled, waking every 2 hours. We were exhausted. We didn’t go out much, never quite comfortable with a babysitter and my mom was busy that night. It was New Year’s Eve.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: At this time of year, many of us are making those New Year's resolutions. Before you do, take a moment to read this story by contributor Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach. In this article, Lisa shares a poignant story of a New Year's Eve that ended in despair but marked the beginning of a new and more fulfilling story. In doing so, she invites us to reconsider the story we will live in the coming year and beyond.

 

 

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by Jonathan Young

 
Mythic stories make up a kind of collective dream that we all have together. If we want to understand our dreams, in many respects, we can look at these stories and study them...
 
 
 
 

 

by Jonathan Young

When the people of Hamelin refused to pay the Pied Piper what they had promised, he led the children of the village away with his magical music. This key moment in a familiar fairy tale carries many insights.

 

 

 


by Juliet Bruce

Story provides structure for safely expressing pain and negative beliefs that hamper development. Telling the story of difficult experience makes you its master rather than its victim...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In Part 1, Juliet Bruce talked about how reassessing our life stories can empower us. In “The Call To Adventure, Part 2”  she shares her thoughts on how story transforms life experiences. Through storytelling, she suggests, we are empowered to make the most of our lives.

 

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by Juliet Bruce

We are born into this world as creatures of infinite possibility. From our first days, we connect dots of random experience that pour in through our senses. These connections become our foundational stories – templates of expectation about who we are and how our life will be...

 

 

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“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself.”

~ Henry Miller

 

 

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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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