Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends

Michael White (Author), David Epston (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Use of letter-writing in family therapy.

White and Epston base their therapy on the assumption that people experience problems when the stories of their lives, as they or others have invented them, do not sufficiently represent their lived experience. Therapy then becomes a process of storying or restorying the lives and experiences of these people. In this way narrative comes to play a central role in therapy. Both authors share delightful examples of a storied therapy that privileges a person’s lived experience, inviting a reflexive posture and encouraging a sense of authorship and reauthorship of one’s experiences and relationships in the telling and retelling of one’s story.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • May 1990
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70098-5
  • 5.8 × 8.6 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Also by Michael White All

  1. Book CoverMaps of Narrative Practice


  2. Book CoverNarrative Practice: Continuing the Conversations


Also by David Epston All

  1. Book CoverBiting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia


  2. Book CoverNarrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children's Imaginative Know-How


  3. Book CoverPlayful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families


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