There are a few different therapies available that can help you overcome mental health conditions and relationship challenges. Narrative therapy in Phoenix is one of those therapies. Narrative therapies can be used in various settings, including individual, couple, and family therapy settings.1
When you hear the word “narrative,” you probably think of storytelling or writing. In essence, that is what narrative therapy is, done with a mental health professional narrative therapist. Narrative therapy helps you understand the dominant story and identify alternative stories that are accurate and more life-enhancing stories and narratives.1 Let’s take a deeper look at narrative therapy.
The Theory Behind Narrative Therapy
There is no denying that your life story and experiences impact the way you view yourself, the world, and other people. Narrative therapy seeks that as an individual, you create meaning out of the events of your own life and form narratives around these events.
You can rewrite your life stories by learning how to deconstruct dominant stories, identifying patterns in how you interpret life challenges and events and reconstructing the life events and challenges in a more productive and healthy light.1 Through re-interpretation, you can change unhealthy and negative narratives about your life and experiences into a healthy and beneficial alternative story that help strengthen your quality of life.
Instead of being seen as an authority figure who gives advice, narrative therapists are more like collaborative partners who help clients grow and heal.