The postmodern lens eliminates the erroneous belief that therapists are experts in their client’ lives and can easily “fix” problems. I learned the importance of acknowledging that I am the expert in my life; and that I am the owner of my story. For instance, my story is rich in experiences that help me identify my resilience, but this would not be possible without acknowledging the ownership of my story. Since resilience is the individual act of recovering from a traumatic or difficult experience, it cannot be attributed to others. Simply when clients are confronted with problems, being able to acknowledge their resilience empowers them to overcome adversity.
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I recognize that I am not an expert in anyone’s life but my own. I also cannot give advice because I simply do not have the answers to problems. It is difficult to find solutions to my own individual problems, but I realize that I can witness client’s stories and guide their path towards their preferred identities.
I find that the benefit of postmodern theories such as Narrative Therapy is that they promote an optimistic view of clients. As a result of adhering to this favorable and hopeful perspective, clients can be encouraged to hope that things do get better and that they have the solutions to their problems. Nonetheless, Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) is the exception to my post-modern views. I find that these two theories are somewhat contradicting but also similar. In practice, I prefer integrating EFT and Narrative Therapy when working with families and couples. When working with individuals I prefer my theoretical orientation (Narrative Therapy).
Reflecting on my work as a therapist, I recognize the importance
Core Concepts in Narrative Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy
Core Concepts in … (Name of theory)
- What do you understand to be the core concepts of the theory?
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Since, clients and therapists must collaborate towards a common goal, they must each agree to work together to achieve the desired outcome of the therapy. In addition, change also occurs depending on the therapists’ stance. For instance, having hope for clients who feel hopeless can encourage change. Remembering that as therapists we must build on strengths not deficits; thus being optimistic when clients have lost hope, can motivate clients to be hopeful that problems have solutions and that things will and do get better. It is also important to recognize that change cannot be forced onto a client, but that the decision to enter therapy is the first to step towards