Story or Narrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to help people identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so they can effectively confront whatever problems they face.
It sets a client free with the power of METHAPHOR
Stories are naturally hypnotic
It’s possible that the ancient traditions of storytelling so rich and rife in all cultures may have been the earliest form of psychotherapy as well as vehicles for passing on patterns of wisdom. (1)
Using story therapy isn’t new, but it’s becoming more popular again. Dr Milton Erickson used to tell his patients stories from his own and other people’s lives, as would the late great family therapist Virginia Satir.
So why does story therapy work?
Stories bypass the shredding effects of over-analysis and conscious reasoning. Stories are inherently hypnotic in that they fixate attention and appeal to the imagination. This makes story therapy the perfect device for delivering fresh patterns of hope as well as more specific suggestions for change.
Stories are the perfect device for delivering fresh patterns of hope as well as more specific suggestions for change.