A reflection on Narrative Therapy

Essay by porcupinetreeUniversity, Bachelor's March 2009

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IntroductionThere are quite a few different themes which structure what has come to be recognized as 'narrative therapy' and every single therapist connects with these ideas to some extent differently. When you hear somebody talk about 'narrative therapy' they may be referring to certain techniques of understanding individual's identities. As a substitute, they may be referring to certain techniques of understanding troubles and their effects on individual's existence. They may also be speaking about certain techniques of talking with individuals about their existence and troubles they may be experiencing, or certain techniques of understanding therapeutic relationships as well as the ethics or politics of therapy (Epston & White, 2000).

What is narrative therapy?Narrative therapy seeks to be a deferential, non-blaming approach to psychoanalysis and societal work, which centers individuals as the experts in their own existence. It views troubles as separate from individuals and assumes individuals have quite a few skills, competencies, beliefs, principles, commitments as well as abilities that will help them to decrease the influence of troubles in their existence.

There are a variety of principles which notify narrative techniques of working, but in my view, two are mainly important: techniques maintaining a position of curiosity, and techniques asking questions to which you authentically do not know the replies.

CollaborationSignificantly, the individual consulting the therapist plays an important role in mapping the way of the journey. Narrative conversations are interactive in collaboration with the individuals consulting the therapist. The therapist seeks to recognize what is of interest to the individuals consulting them and how the expedition is suiting their preferences. You will often hear, for instance, a narrative therapist asking:* How is this discussion going for you?* Should we keep speaking about this or would you be more curious in talking about...