Narrative Therapy

Developed by: Michael White, David Epston


Narrative therapy is a respectful and collaborative approach to counselling and community work. It focuses on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural, and political contexts. Each person produces the meaning of their life from the stories that are available in these contexts.

~Excerpt from Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto

Narrative therapy is an approach to counselling and community work. It centres people as the experts in their own lives and views problems as separate from people. Narrative therapy assumes that people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.

~Excerpt from The Dulwich Centre

The central idea of Narrative Therapy is: The person never is the problem. The person has a problem. A problem is something you have, not something you are. You don’t have to change your nature. You have to fight the influence of the problem on your life.

~Excerpt from Narrative Therapy with Dr. Bob Rich.


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