Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors

Author(s): Martin Payne

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy, Second Edition, offers a clear, concise overview of the narrative approach without oversimplifying its theoretical underpinnings and practice.

Narrative therapy places stories at the heart of the therapeutic process and focuses on the importance of people's expressions of their experiences of life. Its main premise is that the telling and re-telling of life experiences through story-telling in a therapeutic setting can enable difference and change within the life of the client.

Drawing on the ideas of Michael White and David Epston, this fully revised Second Edition incorporates the progression of their thinking over the last five years, and introduces developments initiated by other therapists worldwide. New material has also been added to show how narrative therapy can be successfully used in three specific situations - post-traumatic reactions, couple conflict, and a sense of personal failure.

Narrative Therapy, Second Edition is illustrated throughout with extensive clinical examples of work with individuals and couples. It is ideal for anyone on a specific training in narrative therapy and for those who want to integrate narrative ideas and techniques with their current approach.


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Comments on the first edition:

'On reading Martin Payne's account I instantly had a sense of being understood. I found this particularly refreshing, as so much that is written in the name of narrative therapy doesn't at all fit with my understanding of its philosophical, ethical and political considerations. He has succeeded in representing his own voice in this, which really makes for engaging reading and accessibility of these ideas' - Michael White

'There is much here which feels of immediate relevance to the stories our patients tell us every day ... this is a wonderfully supportive and stimulating book' - Family Practice

'As a practitioner I found this book a good review of the area and most usefully, of the theory which underpins it' - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy

Martin Payne is an independent therapist and trainer in Norwich, UK.

Foreword by John McLeod An Overview of Narrative Therapy Ideas Informing Narrative Therapy Assisting the Person to Describe the Problem Encouraging a Wider Perspective on the Problem Asking Questions Therapeutic Documents Telling and Re-Telling Examples of Narrative Practice I: Counselling for Depression, and for Recovery from Abuse A Fresh Look at Assumptions in the Therapy Culture Examples of Narrative Practice II: Counselling for Post-Traumatic Reactions, and in Working with Couples Appendix: An Exercise in Co-Supervision Using Narrative Therapy Practices

General Fields

  • : 9781412920131
  • : SAGE Publications Inc
  • : Corwin Press Inc
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Martin Payne
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd edition