Narrative therapy was developed in the 1970s and 1980s by therapists Michael White and David Epston. This approach is designed to help you understand the particular lens (or narrative) through which you are viewing yourself, gain some distance from your struggles, and arrive at a more empowering perspective on your life story to unlock your full potential.
Narrative therapy has been shown to be effective with individuals, couples, and families. This non-pathologizing therapy helps you separate from your problems and examine them with greater objectivity. Narrative therapy understands that you are the expert on your own life, and helps you use the skills you already possess to reduce the struggles you encounter.
To do this, you and the therapist will work on creating a new narrative. You will be able to see the problem in new contexts while also learning to better understand the impact that this problem and the narrative are having on your life. Narrative therapy focuses on helping you create a new story, a new future that showcases who you are and what you are capable of, separate from your struggles.