Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors / Edition 1by Martin Payne
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
Publisher: SAGE Publications
'Narrative therapy invites a fresh look at assumptions in the therapy culture, and on reading Martin Payne's account I instantly had a sense of being understood. I found this particularly refreshing, as so much that is written in the name of narrative therapy doesn't at all fit with my understanding of its philosophical, ethical and political considerations. He… See more details below
'Narrative therapy invites a fresh look at assumptions in the therapy culture, and on reading Martin Payne's account I instantly had a sense of being understood. I found this particularly refreshing, as so much that is written in the name of narrative therapy doesn't at all fit with my understanding of its philosophical, ethical and political considerations. He has succeeded in representing his own voice in this, which really makes for engaging reading and accessibility of these ideas' - Michael White
'This is a fascinating and important book' - John Mc Leod
Narrative therapy embodies exciting and stimulating alternatives for counsellors seeking new ways of working with both individuals and couples.
In this absorbing introduction, Martin Payne demonstrates that ideas and methods developed by influential family therapists Michael White and David Epston are equally appropriate for work with individuals and couples. He provides an overview of narrative therapy practices, vividly illustrated with transcripts of sessions and descriptions of sequences from his own counselling sessions, and describes the post-structuralist philosophical assumptions which inform narrative therapy. As the reader is guided through this sometimes difficult and unfamiliar way of thinking and working, many assumptions in traditional counselling are re-examined, and the reader is invited to consider the extent to which values and methods of narrative therapy might resonate with, enrich or challenge their existing approach. The book ends with an experiential exercise in narrative co-supervision.
For trainee family therapists, and counsellors working with individuals and couples, this book will be relevant, challenging and thought-provoking. Narrative Therapy provides a clear, detailed and up-to-date account of Michael White's thinking.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
An Overview of Narrative Therapy
Ideas Informing Narrative Therapy
Assisting the Person to Describe the Problem
Encouraging a Wider Perspective on the Problem
Telling and Re-Telling
Narrative Therapy in Practice
A Fresh Look at Assumptions in the Therapy Culture
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