Narrative Therapy

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Abstract
This paper will look at the logic of narrative therapy by focusing on 5 major points. This paper will begin by discussing how the narrative approach defines and perceives problems. It will address how narrative therapy views the nature of the relationship between the client and the professional. This paper will look at how problems are solved using the narrative approach. It will also focus on three main techniques used in narrative therapy, which will include externalization, deconstruction and re-authoring. This paper will also include a short narrative critique of the medical model. The Logic of Narrative Therapy Narrative therapy is considered postmodern due to the fact that it uses a story telling approach to
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Once this stage is achieved and the client gets to the point where they are eager to begin fighting the problem the therapist moves to the re-authoring phase. According to Kelley (1996) and Monk, Winslade, Crocket & Epston (1997), the client and therapist begin to work together in order to find the unique outcomes; the times in which the client fought the problem and was successful. It is important to obtain an understanding of what was happening at that point in time that made the client fight the problem (Monk, Winslade, Crocket & Epston, 1997). With the identification of the unique outcomes the client is becoming more conscious of the fact that the problem has not always controlled their lives. This is a very empowering moment in the narrative process. Once this unique outcome is identified the client and therapist can begin to move on to the re-authoring phase (Monk, Winslade, Crocket & Epston, 1997).
The re-authoring of the new story is the start of the solution to the problem. Monk, Winslade, Crocket and Epston (1997) reported that the re-authoring process begins with the unique outcome. Together the client and therapist co-author a new life story building upon the unique outcome. The client plays a very active role in this phase. They are the ones rewriting their story and the therapist is only there to guide them and to remind them of all the

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