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.

An Overview of Narrative Therapy

An overview of narrative therapy

Narrative Therapy and Traditional Therapies

Narrative therapy is radical in many ways, as it embodies ideas, assumptions, aims and methods which may be unfamiliar and challenging for counsellors familiar with traditional counselling approaches. However, there are common factors with traditional therapies which may provide entry points to understanding. These common elements are not very much emphasized in the narrative therapy literature, which has led some commentators to see it as élitist despite (for example) Michael White's insistence that his ideas and ways of working are a contrast to those of traditional approaches, with no implication that these ideas are ‘mistaken’ or ‘wrong’ (2000: 19–20, 2004a: 132).

Person-centred counsellors will recognize common ground with narrative therapy in that both ...

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