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Narrative Therapy

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Narrative Therapy offers a collaborative and empowering approach to counselling, focusing on the stories we tell about our lives and identities. Our psychologists in Calgary specialize in Narrative Therapy to help individuals rewrite their narratives, reclaim agency, and overcome challenges.

Key Components of Narrative Therapy:

  • Externalizing Problems: Narrative Therapy externalizes problems, separating them from the individual's identity. By viewing problems as separate entities, individuals can gain perspective and agency in addressing them.

  • Reauthoring Stories: Clients are encouraged to reauthor their narratives, challenging dominant narratives and constructing alternative, more empowering stories about themselves and their experiences.

  • Exploring Unique Outcomes: Narrative Therapy explores exceptions to problems and unique outcomes in individuals' lives. By highlighting moments of strength, resilience, and resourcefulness, clients can discover new possibilities for change.

  • Deconstructing Dominant Discourses: Clients learn to identify and deconstruct dominant societal narratives and discourses that may contribute to their distress. This process enables them to challenge oppressive narratives and construct more liberated identities.

  • Cultivating Preferred Identities: Narrative Therapy supports individuals in identifying and cultivating preferred identities and values. Clients explore their strengths, aspirations, and values, aligning their actions with their preferred ways of being.

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Benefits of Narrative Therapy:

  • Empowerment: Narrative Therapy empowers individuals to become the authors of their own stories, promoting agency and self-determination.

  • Increased Self-Awareness: Clients develop a deeper understanding of their experiences, beliefs, and values, leading to greater self-awareness and insight.

  • Resilience Building: By highlighting exceptions to problems and exploring unique outcomes, Narrative Therapy fosters resilience and resourcefulness.

  • Improved Relationships: Clients learn to communicate their preferred narratives and values, enhancing connection and understanding in their relationships.

  • Liberation from Oppressive Discourses: Narrative Therapy helps individuals challenge oppressive societal narratives and construct more liberated identities, fostering a sense of liberation and empowerment.

If you're seeking a collaborative and empowering approach to therapy that honours your unique experiences and values, Narrative Therapy in Calgary may provide the support and guidance you need. Contact us to learn more about how Narrative Therapy can help you rewrite your story and create a more fulfilling life.

Narrative Therapy provided in Calgary and online by all of our psychologists

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