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.

Therapeutic Documents

Therapeutic documents

Traditional counselling usually consists of about an hour of verbal interchanges, with no contact or continuity between sessions other than functional communication. Between sessions, and when therapy has ended, discoveries and perceptions which emerged in the therapy room can be forgotten or distorted in the memories of both the counsellor and the person being seen. With sessions the prime location of change, there may be an over-valuation of the part played by the counsellor rather than a recognition of the initiatives and achievements of the person seeking assistance.

There are possibilities for countering these limitations. In solution-oriented approaches to counselling and family therapy, work is sometimes extended into the intervals between sessions in the form of therapeutic tasks. These may range from quite ...

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