NTS eBook No.1 – Narrative Therapy and the Writing Solution: An emotive-cognitive approach to feeling better and solving problems
Copyright (c) Jim Byrne 2016
Jim Byrne has a long track record of using writing therapy himself, and also of encouraging his clients to submit at least one email-story for analysis during their therapy. He teaches the importance of ‘thinking on paper’ to most of his clients.
This eBook begins with a substantial section designed to get the reader quickly and easily engaging with the processes of writing therapy. Practical exercises are outlined, along with the rationale for doing them, including the scientific evidence of effectiveness in promoting physical health and emotional well-being.
Part 2 then begins by identifying a major problem for humans. We are born into families within communities, and those groups speak a language and promote a discourse, or conversation, about the nature of life, and our place and role in that world. We are thus dominated from childhood by narratives and stories that are not our own, in the sense of being consciously chosen or designed by us, individually, to promote our own interests.
This situation has both strengths and weaknesses, or good and bad aspects. The strength or goodness of this situation is that this is how we develop and disseminate an agreed social morality, which is essential for the well-being of the family and community. The weakness or badness of this situation is that racist, sexist and classist elements (or other unreasonable or immoral restraining elements) are normally built into those stories which we imbibe with our mother’s milk. Thus the possibilities for the development of our potential are normally constrained by the social status accorded to us in the story into which we are enrolled in early childhood.
Furthermore, we run the risk of buying into later stories, from subcultures, and elements of the mass media, which will further oppress and distort us.
Some of the narratives we live induce misery and mental suffering, and some are healing and therapeutic. Individuals may need to explore and resolve many issues from the past, and this can be done in the form of spoken narratives with a therapist, or written narratives as ‘homework activity’ outside of counselling sessions, or even as self-directed narrative writing.
A writing therapy approach works better for some clients rather than others:
This eBook deals with the writing of therapeutic narratives. It sets out to answer the following questions:
What is a therapeutic narrative?
What is writing therapy?
Is writing therapy effective?
Who should use therapeutic writing? And:
How should an individual guide their own therapeutic writing?
If you would value knowing the secrets of effective writing therapy, based on the latest research, then this is the book for you to buy. You can download it right now, for just £5.64 GBP.
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