Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy is a therapeutic model developed by Michael White and David Epston during the 1960's and used by psychotherapists from various backgrounds. Marriage and Family therapists tend to find in narrative therapy a model that expands on family systems and integrates cultural and societal aspects as important contributors to the development of problems. Narrative therapy is a collaborative model, which considers people to be knowledgeable about themselves and the lives they want to live. It carries the belief that when people intend to change the relationship with a problem, they also have means of overcoming the obstacles that it poses to them. Therapists are consulting professionals with skills who can collaborate with clients to create preferred outcomes.

Narrative therapy moves away from characterizing and labeling. In Narrative, problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and others, are viewed as 'the problems'. People are not the problem. This externalization of problems allows both therapist and client to move away from a deficit model. This approach emphasizes the ability of people to establish a different relationship with the problem and it offers an image of self, based on preferred realities. Some people want to eliminate the problems that prevent them from living the life they want. Others would like to establish a more positive relationship with the problem so that it ceases to act negatively in their lives.

Narrative therapy was born out the philosophical foundation of Michel Foucault's ideas, which looks into cultural beliefs as contributors to problems and transforms some people into experts on their own lives. Narrative therapy creates an environment of true collaboration and respect.

For more information, please refer to the Dulwich Centre Web site: http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au.

Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy carries a systemic and holistic perspective on mental health. Human beings are part of a large network of other individuals and systems that affect our way of life. Marriage and Family therapists consult with individuals, couples and families to and are concerned with the long-term well-being of individuals and their families.

More information and other resources can be found at the AAMFT Web site: http://www.aamft.org.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision creates a forum for collaboration, developing clinical skills and exploring the self of the therapist. Clinicians who earn a clinical degree in Marriage and Family therapy are required to have supervised client contact prior to obtaining a state license. I have experience working with students and clinicians toward obtaining their licenses and improving their clinical skills.

Clinical supervision requires specialized training, which consists of a post-graduate course and supervised clinical internship under a trained and experienced supervisor. A supervisor needs to have knowledge of a wide range of therapeutic models and to be capable of exploring the narrative of the therapist, in order to look into the therapist's biases, background and perspectives.

I provide supervision on the preferred models of the therapists who consult with me. However, I focus my position as a supervisor on the narrative approach.


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