Narrative Analysis : Narrative Therapy

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Introduction
Narrative therapy was created as a way of removing the blame in sessions. An opportunity to hopefully empower the client. Narrative Therapy is more of a collaboration between the therapist and the client to allow recognition of the natural competencies, expertise and unique skills that one possesses, which can in return help guide them towards a more productive and hopeful change within their lives. Humans are viewed as separate from their problems, and in this way, a therapist can help externalize sensitive issues. This objectification dissolves struggle and resistances and allows a client to address this issue in a more productive manner.
Rather than trying to transform or change the person, narrative therapy leans towards the goal of transforming the effects of the problem. The objective is to get some distance from the issue, and in this way, it is possible to see how a particular concern is aiding a person in a positive way, rather than a negative one. For example, posttraumatic stress might help internally guard a person from the difficult emotions associated with a particular event, although it also contributes a host of new troubling symptoms, such as anxiety. This practice of externalization can help a person develop greater self-compassion, which, in turn, can help him or her to feel more capable of change. In fact, some psychologists have identified a process termed "posttraumatic growth" to account for the positive personal change that can occur…
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