is Narrative Counselling?
are the benefits?
How does it work and how do I get it?
Counselling Service uses Narrative Therapy or Narrative Counselling.
Journeys works on the principles that:
PROBLEMS ARE PROBLEMS
PEOPLE ARE NOT PROBLEMS
does the name narrative counselling or narrative therapy come from?
words counselling and therapy both mean the same.
The word narrative comes from the stories of our lives.
We all have a story bank of many stories of who we are and where
we fit in the world.
These many stories in our story bank are based on the events and
experiences which occur in our lives.
We choose to live according to the stories from the story bank which
suit us in particular situations and at particular times.
Some of these stories of our lives are good for us and some are
not useful at all.
The unuseful or problem filled stories can sometimes become overwhelming.
Counselling can help us to make sense of these stories and to create
new stories (or find old ones) which help us to be in charge of
becoming who we prefer to be.
is counselling or narrative therapy about? What do I get?
counselling or therapy is having conversations together about discovering
ways of becoming free of the effects of the problem filled stories
of who we are.
is about recognising a problem and the effects it has on our lives.
is talking in ways which help us to make space between ourselves
and a problem so that we can think of ourselves as not being influenced
by the problem, as separate and free from the problem.
is about finding and using supportive and encouraging stories from
our story bank which are about who we prefer to be.
is about knowing that problems and problem stories occur in our
lives but that we are not problems ourselves.
is about finding stories of how we take a stand for ourselves against
the influences of the problem stories.
is about claiming the stories of victories over problems in our
is about finding ways of being in charge of our own lives.
is about challenging many of the unuseful stories and beliefs which
we have always taken for granted to be true and making sense of
them the way we want to.
is about being free of the stories which try to tell us what we
should be or what others expect us to be.
is about consulting people about what they believe to be the best
for themselves and and helping them make sense of it and not about
giving advice or telling people what they should be doing with their
lives or how to get it right.
is about knowing our own stories of how we have protested and survived
and stood up against the influence of problems in our lives.
belief in this type of counselling is that a person is the expert
on their own knowledge of their own life, the ways in which they
know how problems try to take over and how problems can be beaten.
Success can only be measured by the client. It is not for a counsellor
to judge. The counsellor is accountable to the client for the quality
of the counselling.
journey in these types of conversations is one which connects the
past stories of the person with the here and now and the future.
also explores the history of the problems and their effects on a
person's life and the ways in which people might be able to stand
up to problems in the future.
can benefit from Narrative Counselling or Narrative Therapy?
child, adult, couple, family, group or organisation will benefit
from having conversations about the stories of their lives and becoming
free from the effects of problems in their lives.
are the benefits of Narrative Counselling or Narrative Therapy?
ways of being free from the effects of problems which enter our
in standing up against problems in our lives through finding stories
of empowerment, hope and freedom in our lives
focus on what connects people rather than what separates or divides
acknowledgement of our strengths and achievements rather than
our failures and weaknesses
into our own abilities as effects of problems become less and
we become stronger
in taking control of our lives back from problems
ourselves as special people who can have a vision for ourselves
rather than believing ourselves to be problems.
does it work and how do I get it?
support services are available at a variety of levels and costs
one - Basic information arising from a free downloadable self
help questionnaire Cost: Free
free questionnaire now for personal, couple, family or small business
counselling or men
two - A simple secure E-mail response to the questionnaire Cost:
$25.00 AUD Send
your response now.
three - A full online secure E-mail counselling session of one
hour minimum Cost: $70.00 AUD Send
your questionnaire response now and book an appointment.
with groups of people experiencing the effects of similar problems
is also available at the cost of $25.00AUD per person per session
of up to one and one half hours. If you would like to use the group
service please return your free questionnaire which asks you for
a brief description of the problem you are experiencing. You will
be notified when there are sufficient people to begin a group. A
free subscription is available to an email newsletter with stories
of successful work clients have done in reclaiming their lives from
the effects of problems.
fees are paid via a secure encrypted credit card system. Journeys
never sees the credit card number as you authorise payment to be
made by your financial institution to the Journeys bank account.
this is a new internet service it is beginning with communication
via email. It is anticipated that
a dedicated secure chat line will also be available in the future
for all services whilst retaining email for those who prefer it.
are also available for local people and organisations face to face
at the offices of Journeys for $70.00 AUD for up to one and one
half hours or $25.00 per person for groups. Tony is also able to
travel to the workplace and to other parts of Tasmania and Australia
with additional costs.
Newsletter to be available for download Spring 2001. (Australia)