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Working with Stories
Working with stories

Counseling is a storytelling craft. Clients consult therapists with stories about their lives and identities, and clients and therapists join together in weaving new, helpful stories for moving forward. The accounts clients share bear many of the characteristics of well-formed narratives: They feature a central character (the client), in relationship to others, encountering and responding to a series of challenges over time. The events they recount are linked by a plot as it were that has some degree of coherence in the way it weaves together what might otherwise be a series of disparate events (Frank, 1995; Lindemann-Nelson, 2001; White & Epston, 1990).

These accounts are not necessarily fully coherent, however, as Maria in the role of client displayed in ...

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