The Art of Narrative Therapy
Narrative Therapy is based in the notion that we make meaning of our lives through the stories we live out as we interact with each other.
People often come to therapy when they have a sense of being stuck in stories in which they don’t measure up on some cultural scale of performance, or in stories that restrict the possibilities they can perceive for a better life.
Our work is based in helping people experience of some of the alternative story lines that already exist in their lives that have been overshadowed or forgotten—stories with themes and plots that are in line with more empowering, more satisfying, more hope-filled futures.(EVANSTON FAMILY THERAPY)

Narrative Therapy is a Post-Structuralist Therapy

Rather than seeking to classify individuals in terms of general classes or types, we seek specific details of each person, family, or community's identity.....

Rather than valuing the knowledge of "experts," we value your  knowledge...We emphasize the power you have to define yourself  according to your own knowledge of the details of your life and lay claim to a  meaningful life...

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Characteristics of the Narrative Worldview

We work with meaning, and we believe that the meaning of life events comes from the stories that people tell themselves and each other about those events.

The same events can be storied in a variety of ways and these different ways will make a difference in how life is experienced.

The dominant discourses in our society powerfully influence what gets "storied" and how it gets storied.

A discourse is a system of words, actions, rules, and beliefs that share common values. Particular discourses sustain particular worldviews. We might even think of a discourse as a worldview in action.

Discourses tend to be invisible, that is, they are taken for granted as part of the fabric of "reality."

In narrative therapy, we seek to identify the discourses that support problematic stories.

Locating problems in particular discourses helps us see people as separate from the problems that beset them.

We locate problems in discourses, rather than in individual minds or in "dysfunctional families."

When we succeed in this perceptual shift, we see a whole different world, one in which the discourses that support problems become more visible.

In this world, we can more easily oppose, undermine, or alter the influence of those discourses, making robust, viable non-problematic life stories more possible.

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My Approach

In life, we are often looking to make changes, but we struggle to take the first step. Taking that first step can be difficult. We are tired of being depressed, hopeless, and anxious. We may have become discouraged with our problems. We often become “stuck” as we go through life’s journey.
This is where therapy can help. Therapy can be the first step to help you learn and develop new ways of viewing life with understanding, purpose, and meaning.
My goal as your therapist is to help identify new ways of viewing and /or responding to problems.
My goal as your therapist is to help you create space for new meaningful life experiences to emerge, reinforce hope, help create a healthier balanced, and enjoyable life.
My goal is to offer clients a safe, non-judgmental environment with trust and a genuine focus on your abilities and strengths.
Confidentiality is emphasized and is a vital commitment to our therapeutic relationship.
I offer a Person-Centered approach to help clients navigate interpersonal relationships with families, friends, and those who are important in your life.
Today is a new day, learn and develop a therapeutic mental health plan for your healing and recovery.