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
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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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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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 Sudha Umashanker

It was a coconut tree that was lovingly planted by my late grandmother decades ago. Back then, Chennai was not chock-a-bloc with houses and with the plot behind our house being vacant it didn’t matter if our tree was close to the compound wall...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I'm pleased to introduce Sudha Umashanker to our All Things Healing readers. Sudha is a young journalist from Chennai in India. In addition to writing about important social issues, Sudha is a trained storyteller. Many of her stories, like this one, are drawn from her memories of childhood and family life. They are a reminder of the everyday challenges we meet in life, the events we grieve and the ones we celebrate. In our increasingly urbanised world, this is a story that reminds us that Nature's loss is also our own.

 

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by Mary B. Summerlin

One of my dreams came true when I was in the 8th grade. I won a horse! I was a 4-H member in my community and participated in all the projects. That year one of the local farmers who raised Tennessee Walking Horses announced that he was giving a 6-month-old colt to the most outstanding 4-H Club member in the county that year. Well, I loved horses, read all the novels in the library, studied books, and listened to grown-ups whenever they talked about horses. So I got to work - very, very hard. I don't remember all the things I did but I WON...

 

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by Michael Williams, PhD, Adv Dip, CCW Dip

ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

As the host and producer of the Teller and the Tale, my weekly, half-hour storytelling radio programme on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.com), I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a lot of storytellers. In fact, over the past four years I’ve interviewed nearly seventy tellers from Scotland, Canada, the United States, Denmark, India and other places.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams:: What's it take to be a storyteller? I've heard many people tell me that they didn't grow up in a "storytelling family" or they're not outgoing enough or they have poor memories. Yet in the years I've been interviewing storytellers from around the world, I've discovered that most storytellers didn't have a "special start" in life. Most are just like you and me. So could you be a storyteller? Read on.

 

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by Corydon Ireland

Tell me a story.

That tender and urgent imperative appears to date to early humankind...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Last month saw a standing room only crowd come out to “Tell Me A Story” event sponsored by the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk. The event featured literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and a number of other scholars and writers talking about the necessity of storytelling our world today.

 

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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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A couple of years ago, my friend and fellow storyteller Raphael Rodan teamed up with Arjen Barel and Inger Lise Ourlich to found the International School of Storytelling and Peace in Amsterdam. Each year they invite numbers of young people from Israel and Palestine as well as from across Europe to come together to share their stories and to use storytelling and drama to explore conflict resolution. This video gives you an insight into the philosophy and practice of this ground-breaking endeavour. It was filmed, directed and edited by Rodan's storytelling partner Anastasis Sarakatsanos.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: In this video, storytellers Bob Kanegis and Liz Mangual introduce an exciting new project--F.E.A.S.T!--Familes Eating and Storytelling Together. The project encourages children and parents to sit down together to share meals and stories.

 

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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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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

I offer five of my favourite storytelling web sites for an array of seasonal tales and storytelling resources relevant to the month of December and the winter season. Enjoy...

 

 

 

 

 

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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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