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Narrative Therapy

The history of narrative therapy rests on the work of the early family practitioners, who, operating from a systems perspective, focused on the dynamics and interconnectedness of families. These clinicians noticed the language and discourse of family members and how these conversations shaped the family unit in both negative and positive ways. This evolutionary discourse resulted in narrative therapy, created by Michael White and David Epston. Influenced by family therapist Salvador Minuchin, philosopher Michel Foucault, and the Milan school of family therapy, among others, in 1990 White and Epston published the seminal narrative therapy text, Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends. Their narrative therapy centers people as the experts in their own lives and separates clients from their problems.

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