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So You Want to Do Narrative Therapy?: Letters to an Aspiring Narrative Therapist

Sanni Paljakka

So You Want to Do Narrative Therapy? is an engaging and accessible introduction to contemporary narrative therapy practice. Each of the ten chapters is written as a series of letters personally addressed to a real student who is learning how to do narrative therapy at a narrative therapy agency. Each letter highlights the most useful discoveries during the authors' years of practicing in a narrative therapy agency, both as therapists and as supervisors. Each letter also contains transcripts from therapy sessions showing the principles and practices in action and ends with a therapeutic poem that was given to the client based on their own words from a therapy session. While written for narrative therapists at any level of experience, this book is especially useful for graduate-level theories courses in therapy training programs in counseling, psychology, social work, and family therapy.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Nov 7th, 2024
  • Pages: 234
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032755175
  • Categories: Psychotherapy - Counseling

About the Author

Sanni Paljakka is a registered psychologist and codirector of the Calgary Narrative Collective, where she also serves as the director of clinical training where she supervises practicum students.

Tom Stone Carlson, PhD, is a professor at Alliant International University in the Couple and Family Therapy Program.

Praise for this book

"In this book, the authors offer a truly unique journey into the world of narrative therapy. Through a series of letters from a supervisor to a student, this book provides an intimate and addressive approach to learning the art of narrative therapy. This book is not a manual but a new pedagogical practice that sits confidently within the lineage of narrative practice while moving it forward. 'So You Want To Do Narrative Therapy?' is a beacon of hope for those seeking to embrace a more artful, story-based approach to therapy that counters the obstacles shaped by the influence of neoliberal ideologies, reminding us throughout that the therapy room can be a potent site of political activism and poetic expression. Ultimately, I found myself happy to have several of my own narrative therapy assumptions and notions challenged. Always a good sign."

Dr. Chris Hoff, host of The Radical Therapist podcast

"This is the book I so desperately needed when I was first learning narrative therapy but could never seem to find. It is as accessible as it is beautiful. It will inspire both those new to narrative therapy and those who have been practicing for many years. The combination of letters, stories, transcripts, and poetry makes for such an immersive reading experience that I delayed finishing the book because I didn't want it to end. I cannot wait to use this book in my own teaching and practice."

Dr. Travis Heath, chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University

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