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.

Telling and Re-Telling

Telling and re-telling

A person's hearing and commenting on the responses of other people who are in the role of ‘outsider witnesses’, after telling her developing story to the therapist, can assist newly told and rather fragile sub-plots to be confirmed, enlarged, embedded and influential. Outsider witnesses’ relating the person's narrative to their own lives, including comments on how the person's story has illuminated previously unrecognized or undervalued aspects, can add further enrichment to her story. This chapter outlines some methods of encouraging this process, and their rationale.

A Different Tradition

These ideas may dismay counsellors who have always understood that therapy should be private and confidential with nobody but those directly involved present at sessions; and certainly that therapists should never talk about their ...

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