Narrative Therapy Approach

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Narrative Therapy Approach to Family Counseling Name Liberty University Marriage and Family Counseling I COUN 601 Dr. NNE March 05, 2013 Abstract Michael White and David Espton developed the narrative therapy approach in the early 1900’s. Narrative therapy is a therapeutic approach where the therapist allows the client to re-author his or her life story into one that moves into a positive direction. Narrative therapy, which has been around since the early 1900’s, is still one of the most popular therapies used today; narrative therapy will continue to be used for many more years to come. In this paper, the history of narrative therapy, its techniques and some modern-day uses of the therapy is discussed; plus the author discussed personal Christian viewpoints and how it relates to the narrative therapy approach. Narrative Therapy Approach to Family Counseling Due to the fact that all humans are different by the grace of God, each person requires a different type of treatment to meet their counseling needs. Family counseling provides many different approaches when it comes to counseling patients. The therapeutic approach is one of the most popular forms of narrative therapy. Michael White and David Espton developed a form of family therapy called the narrative therapy approach in the early 1900’s. They accomplished this by taking the best part of models from therapist they observed and implementing them into an experimental model that they eventually perfected into what is known today as the narrative therapy approach. Goldenberg and Goldenberg (2008) describe narrative therapy as “a postmodern therapeutic approach in which the therapist and family members construct new stories about their lives that encourage the possibility to new experiences” (p.520). The clients who participated in this type of therapy were known for

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