Family Counseling Approach Essay

3764 Words Jul 11th, 2014 16 Pages
Family Counseling Approach: Narrative
Lisa R. Murray
Liberty University Online

Narrative therapy is a therapeutic approach that is used alone or in conjunction with other methods of therapy. This particular method of therapy is used in family therapy to help clients focus on gaining access to preferred story lines in reference to their lives and identities the family dynamics that may affect them. The preferred story line will replace the place of the previous negative and self-defeating narratives about themselves. Helping clients within a family counseling to begin to become the author of their own story is important in many cases to overcoming multigenerational affects. Narrative therapy aids in this process. This
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Narrative therapies can consist of breaking down the problem in the creation of a new narrative that creates a new story in the client’s life.
Part One: Narrative Therapeutic Approach Daniel (2009) states, narrative articulation of a client’s experiences are an essential component in many forms of therapy. Narrative Therapy’s foundation is centered upon the “narrative metaphor – the idea that our sense of reality is organized and maintained through the stories by which we circulate knowledge about ourselves and the world we inhabit” (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2008 p. 365). The intertwining of stories and events throughout the client’s life is how they make sense of why they live their lives as they do. Stories can explain the client’s actions and dominant stories can impact future lives “about ourselves, our abilities, our competencies, our actions, our relationships, our achievements, and our failures” (p. 365). Self-defeating narratives and negative stories can frequently be constructed by families about their lives in as a means to justify why they are unable to accomplish things in a different manner. Change cannot take place without the client first being able to consider alternatives way of examining assumptions, values and meanings of life experiences that dominate their vantage points self and their problems (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2008). “In short, they need to rewrite their future story lines and actively change

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