One of the basic principals of Narrative therapy is to see people as the author of their life stories. The story unfolds in the counselling space, as the client narrates experiences. This narration is accomplished in collaboration with the counsellor (the listener), who through their interest, questions, and curiosity help to build the story with specific emphasis. A client may come into counselling with a story that is saturated with problems and concerns, and through the co-constructed narration with the counsellor, they unfold the story full of strength, resource, and creativity.
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Alice Morgan’s What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction.