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.

A Fresh Look at Assumptions in the Therapy Culture

A fresh look at assumptions in the therapy culture

Chapter 2 outlined some ideas in recent Western thought which inform narrative therapy. This present chapter takes up the theme again by reviewing some proposals made by White for post-structuralist challenges to some widely accepted assumptions in the traditional therapy culture. Narrative therapy practices coming out of these challenges are then outlined. The chapter ends by describing a non-academic psychology which has much in common with the assumptions informing narrative therapy.

The Post-Structuralist Challenge

Narrative therapy embodies some ideas which counsellors new to it may find perfectly congruent with their own assumptions and ways of working. Despite his historical use of masculine pronouns to refer to persons, I suggest that ...

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