Family Counseling Approach: Narrative Counseling

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Abstract Through narrative therapy a counselor can help clients gain access to preferred story lines about their lives and identities taking the place of previous negative and self-defeating narratives that destroy the self. Presented in this paper, is an overview of the Narrative therapy and the Social Construction Model and several facets of this approach including poststrucuralism, deconstructionism, self-narratives, cultural narratives, therapeutic conversations, ceremonies, letters and leagues. A personal integration of faith in this family counseling approach is presented and discussed also in this paper. NARUMI AMADOR’S FAMILY CONSELING APPROACH Introduction Narrative therapy is found under the…show more content…
Storytelling and narrative usage prove to be successful and useful in psychotherapy practices (Rennie, 1994). Narrative therapy emerged from postconstructuralism and deconstruction (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2008). Poststructural thought disagrees with the idea that there is a deep structure to all phenomena which can be broken down into its elements (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2008). Therapy must look for deep, underlying causes, repair the flaw and not be satisfied with simply reducing or eliminating symptoms. Deconstructing old notions and replacing them with possibilities reduces the power of the stories that dominate and are filled with problems (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2009). The stories are given thick descriptions rather than thin descriptions and the new story of a client’s life is connected to future options. According to Angus & Hardtke (2001) NPCS (Narrative Process Coding System) helped narrative deconstruction and reconstruction by enabling raters to subdivide therapy session transcripts into segments. This is a two step process which divides and characterizes topic segments in terms of the narrative process codes as external/description of events, subjective/experiential description and reflective analysis of current, past and future events. It is a systematic and reliable method for segmenting of therapy transcripts into units for further analyses, and a useful tool for psychotherapy researchers hoping to further understand the
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