If Problems Talked
Narrative Therapy in Action
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This unique book explores how clients' problems are defined by personal and cultural narratives that can be identified and retold in therapy. The authors share their therapeutic vision through a series of stories, fictionalized discussions, and minidramas, inviting readers to participate in an ongoing conversation by reflecting on their own responses to the case material presented. Written in an engaging and personal style that brings the theory to life, the book challenges normative ideas about both narrative and the therapeutic relationship. This book will be of interest to family therapists both novice and experienced from a range of orientations, as well as students and other readers interested in a creative and accessible approach to psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
Part I: If Problems Talked. This Is Not Kansas. If Problems Talked. Finding the Enemy and It's Not Us. I Knew Who I Was When I Woke Up This Morning. Things Are Closer Than They Seem. Part II. Clients Strike Back. If Clients Talked. Feel Like a Stranger. Just Let Children Talk. Dis?ing Separation. Making Ourselves Up. Part III: Bringing It All Back Home. When Students Talk. Epilogue: Eyes of the World
"An intriguing and dramatic conversation that engages readers as partners and participants in an experience similar to the experience of clients in narrative therapy....This book offers a new and different way of involving clients and therapists in unmasking the influence of larger cultural narratives that constrict their choices." - Rachel T. Hare?Mustin, Ph.D.