The narrative approach


Position of the therapist

De-centered, NOT KNOWING, Always curious, Wondering, Collaborative, Co-creation of new narratives:

Together formulate new languages for problem saturated stories of hopelessness, addiction and despair. 

Decentred but influential (White 1997)

Not giving advice, solutions or opinions
Not normative judgments or evaluations or positions of authority (Morgan 2000)
Narrative practices hold the person’s ideas and resources at the fore
And decline invitations to be the expert in people’s lives.
The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem, creating a shift in language and attitude

Creates space for healing

It separates the person’s identity from the problem
Speak differently about problems
Not just a technique or a tool, it’s a belief system
Enables the therapist to join with the client against the problem
Creates space for healing

Untangle problem saturated identities
Creates space where clients can renegotiate their relationships with the problem
Provides relief and a course of action to take
Reduce guilt and blame
Leave room for responsibility



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