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.

Assisting the Person to Describe the Problem

Assisting the Person to Describe the Problem

Assisting the person to describe the problem


We tell improvised stories of our lives to others at home, at work, to partners, friends and relatives; sometimes to strangers such as counsellors. We populate our stories with ourselves and others, creating them from our memories in the very process of recounting them. We use gestures; we imitate others' speech; we use dramatic pauses and inflections, and body movements. When alone we engage in an unspoken story-telling monologue, ungrammatically and with abbreviated syntax, weaving our memories into a fragmented, colourful, unresolved soap-opera.

Creating narratives seems to be a ready-made skill. Jerome Bruner quotes Dewey's conclusion that children have an innate capacity for grasping the structures of language, and Chomsky's theory that we ...

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