Study on Narrative Therapy

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Running Head: NARRATIVE THERAPY1NARRATIVE THERAPYStudent’s NameCourseProfessor’s NameUniversityDate
NARRATIVE THERAPY2Narrative therapyNarrative therapy can be described as a type of counseling which sees individuals asdifferent from their mental issues. It creates some distance between the client and the problem tosee if it helps or protects them more than it hurts them. The perspective gives the client thefeeling of having the power to change their behavior and patterns, and their story of life so thatthey can reflect on who they are, the things they can do and what they are meant to do,separating them from their issues[ CITATION Rus12 \p 144 \l 1033 ]. The following essayexplains theintervention when needed in mental health practice while digging deep intherapeutic strengths and limitations.Strengths and LimitationsThe first advantage of narrative therapy is that it does not blame or judge the client anddivides the issue from the individual. It is an empowering tool as many therapy clients viewthemselves as being broken or mentally disordered and the only person that can fix them is thetherapist. It is common for clients to see themselves as weak or damages because of depression,unresolved grief or struggles in relationships[ CITATION Lin17 \p 93 \l 1033 ]. In narrativetherapy, the therapist works in partnership with the client to help him heal in a respectful andnon-judgmental manner.The second advantage is that it regards the client as the expert of their lives and not thetherapist. As the client learns to embrace the challenges and rebuild the story that is in question,they start to reconstruct it. They start using an alternative of creating a winning account. It is awriter who revises their novel that had not been accepted by the publisher because of mistakes in
NARRATIVE THERAPY3the storyline[ CITATION Win14 \p 101 \l 1033 ]. He rewrites thetale and bases it on theexciting parts of the original one, and it becomes a bestseller.The next advantage is that it gives the client the courage to revisit their past and viewtheir story more positively. For instance, people who have been struggling with anxiety for longhave always described themselves as being anxious people. When that becomes their story, theyview themselves as being unable to handle challenges or weak. It is similar to those who judgethemselves according to their past mistakes as they see themselves as being losers. There areothers who look at their history and view themselves as hopeless. The stories, in this case, put anegative attitude in their lives[ CITATION Car15 \p 49 \l 1033 ]. Once they change the story intheir minds, the stories become their strengths rather than their weaknesses.The other strength is that it helps the individual to view their issues from a properperspective. The objective helps them in considering good interpretations in their story. A clientemphasizes on the things that support a story he is telling. For instance, an adult who seeshimself as a loser will give a story that is in support of the negative attitude. He will not includethe successes in his life. The therapist will them ask him about the omittedexceptions[ CITATION Ger14 \p 52 \l 1033 ]. As a result, strengths and skills of the client willbe revealed. Client can now include the positive stuff into the storyHowever, each type of psychotherapy has its limitations. As compared to other forms oftherapy, narrative therapy is not very traditional. As a result, there is not sufficient research tosupport it as being useful. In simpler terms, it has not been studied in detail. Some people alsofeel uncomfortable being in control of the process. This may be a problem for a client who is
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