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.

Encouraging a Wider Perspective on the Problem

Encouraging a wider perspective on the problem


In some therapies the counsellor literally tells stories to persons. Milton Erikson, one of the founders of hypnotherapy, based much of his work on this technique (Rosen 1982). The power of stories is universal. We hunger for absorbing accounts of experience – from the books read in childhood to television soap-operas. In shops specializing in second-hand children's books I have seen people seize copies of story-books they owned in childhood, moved and excited. White has written about the improvised ‘Mouse Stories’ he told his sister when they were young, and how these took on new life when telling them to his daughter, and he describes how this link between past and present ...

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