NarrativeFamily Therapy

Narrativefamily therapy refers to the process of deconstructing and meaningmaking that are achieved through employment of questioning of theclient involved in the therapy. The client is required to cooperatein the process to ensure that the best is achieved out of theprocess. In the process questions that generate experimentally vividexplanations of real life events that are not part of the problembeing solved are asked .The psychotherapy that employs narrative toachieve its goal. An Australian Michael white and his ally from NewZealand David Epstom are the main developers of the therapy. Theculture has spread across the world including in North America.Through the creation of the questions the client is separated fromattributes that are perceived to be for granted to human beings(Metcalf,2011).&nbsp.Theattributes that the person is separated from them are thoseconsidered as essentials of modernism as well as structuralparadigms. Through externalization persons are able to define theirrelationship to the problems. As a result, the person’s positiveattributes are identified and used in the development of preferredsolutions.

Thoughthe narrative therapist may work in differing ways the common baseremains the same among all therapists (Metcalf,2011).&nbsp.The common foundation in the in narrative therapies is that throughthe stories of human beings their account of their lives is captured.The therapists assist clients elaborate their rich stories andpositive live stories. Moreover the therapist is interested in themodes of living associated to it(Carr, 2012).Throughthis therapist is able to investigate the problem and its causes.Furthermore the influence on the individual is identified as well ason their chief relationship. By focusing on the clients lives asopposed to their problems a distance is created. The process ofexternalization of the problem makes it easier to identify its causesand associated side effects (Madigan,2011).&nbspAs a result the individuals are enabled to reflect on their livesmore easily and take appropriate measures to be taken to control thesituation. The individual is able to evaluate their valuescommitments and intentions. The multi storied form of one’sindividual life is revealed and the associated interpretations.Ideally, once conversations of powerful persons are remembered.Importantly the person is able to reclaim their problems despite theproblems. To this effect the person is able to identify the alternatelife direction.

Theapproach in the narrative therapies insist that one’s identity isshaped by the stories that are personal or cultural generally(Metcalf,2011).&nbsp.Performances that cause problems are identified as well as theresulting conclusions in stories saturated with problems. The storiesthat are saturated with problems are preferred as opposed tomarginalized discourses in life. The marginalized stories areconsidered to be exceptional and may not apply to many real lifeexperiences. However, to few cases the marginalized stories are quiteapplicable such as capitalism (Madigan,2011).&nbsp.Additionally, documents are appreciated by the counselor as well asthe client in the therapy. Unique outcomes are also focused ontohelp solve unpredicted problems. The heavily exposed influence ofpower relations in the conversations in the course of therapy helpsavoid invisible assumptions. Moreover, the therapist is able torespond to conversations that touch on personal failure (Madigan,2011).&nbsp.This is achieved through identification of unique problems that maymake their situations exceptional.

Tosummarize it important to note that family therapy if effectivelywell used may lead to helping solve many psychological problems inlife. However, it requires a lot of paying of attention to identifythe key points in the conversation to make the therapy a success


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Madigan,S. (2011).&nbspNarrativetherapy.Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Metcalf,L. (2011).&nbspMarriageand family therapy: A practice-oriented approach.New York: Springer Pub. Co.