Drawing on the ideas of Michael White and David Epston, this fully revised, extended and updated Second Edition incorporates the progression of their thinking over the past five years and introduces developments initiated by other narrative therapists worldwide. New material has been added around counseling for post-traumatic reactions, couples conflict and a sense of personal failure.
Some years ago I was part-way through a diploma in a counselling course based on person-centred approaches which also included a wide-ranging introduction to other individual counselling psychologies and methods. I was also informally learning a little about family therapy, as my partner Mary Wilkinson was attending a diploma course in systemic therapy at a different training institution. I was struck by how little overlap there was in our recommended reading material and in the ideas and practices of these two courses, and this was puzzling as family therapy ideas seemed exciting and stimulating. I particularly liked the idea of a person's family and social context being taken into account in the definitions of problems and the processes of therapy. I began to wonder ...