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August 31, 2017

I have often used the metaphor of a compass to describe the values and experiences that people hold and use to direct their lives (Stillman, 2010).  I like it because a compass is an object that shows direction, and the person has the choice to follow it or not. 

S...

August 18, 2017

People ask me why I run a training program in narrative therapy.  It takes an enormous amount of work, doesn’t earn much money and the administration of it can be a bit of a headache. 
 
So why do I continue?
 
The first word that comes to mind is passion.  I have...

August 4, 2017

I am frequently asked how to start a narrative conversation.  Here is one way to do so:
 
When I start meeting with someone, I think of a metaphor of climbing a mountain (Stillman, 2010). 
 
There are three ways to think of climbing the mountain.  You can go strai...

July 20, 2017

The narrative principle of being centered on the person and not the therapist beyond the immediate interaction. It changes how the therapist interacts with the person, and how therapy is viewed overall. Most importantly, it respects the person and centers it on the...

July 7, 2017

On the other side of any problem is the preferred.

The preferred means hope.

This is such a simple concept with amazing ramifications. 

Think of a coin, classic, right?  Just flip it over and you have its opposite.  And it is in such close proximity, a question or two awa...

June 30, 2017

I take issue with therapists positioning themselves as the expert in the room. 

To maintain the position of expert, the therapist must know more than the person.  This creates a distance between the therapist and person from the start that I don’t find helpful. 

Mos...

June 21, 2017

I love my job.

It is a real privilege when people confide the intimate details of their lives and I experience a strong connection as we face these challenges together. 
 
Yes, it can be challenging at times being faced with serious problems that people are confronting...

June 13, 2017

Have you have ever walked into a room and felt that people weren’t listening, that they already had their minds made up and you were there to fit into their way of doing things.  Wouldn’t you rather walk into that same room and greet people who show an interest in gett...

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