WHAT IS NARRATIVE COUNSELING ????
Many ask me what is narrative counseling and how they can benefit from it?
Narrative counseling can assist in forming a more flexible, more spacious, "inner story" of how an individual is able to view his life.
I assist my clients by supporting them in the process of reshaping and "rewriting" the way they perceive themselves, meaningful others and life itself.
Narrative counseling can assist my clients in providing them more beneficial ways to view their life and what is happening or had happened in their life.
It can help in "reforming" the way that people can view even very painful "charged" past events.
For me, the essence of narrative counseling is to encourage and support my clients in the process of expanding their willingness and ability to "re-examine" their "INNER DIALOG", their "INNER NARRATIVE, their "relationship" with themselves, others and whatever accrues in their lives.
This process allows a better, more beneficial ways in which they can cope with whatever life has to offer.
We all hold inner narratives that we shaped consciously and unconsciously throughout our life.
These inner narratives, these "stories" are determining the ways we will view, approach and response to life.
They actually determine our COPING MACANISEM.
OUR ABILITY TO "TAKE ON" and RESPOND to whatever is happening in our lives.
Moreover, narrative counseling can assist an individual in TIMES OF HARDSHIP AND CRISES to have a more "spacious", flexible approach to how he is able to view and cope with whatever life has to present.
Narrative counseling OPENS A NEW MORE FLAXIBELE DIALOG BETWEEN YOU AND LIFE.
When we have the ability to look at reality, at what is happening in our lives in different, more spacious, more flexible and more beneficial ways, it is not only that we become more skillful in our ability to cope and respond to life, I find that in many ways our "new approach" is also RESHAPING REALITY ITSELF!!!!
In other words CHANGING THE WAY, WE LOOK AT THE WORLD CHANGES THE WORLD.
I know that this is a big statement, but I believe in it with all my heart!!!!
I have seen it happen again and again in my own life and in many of my client's lives.
This is the "MAGIC" of the interconnectedness between us and reality.
But it needs to start with us!!!
With our willingness, aspiration, and passion to change, evolve and transform ourselves and our lives.
This is why I find it so empowering to work with our own narratives, with our own stories.
OUR STORIES HOLD THE ESSENSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD!!!!!!