During this Course, I found the narrative therapy model to be the most influential. This model is well illustrated in the article authored by Maggie Carey and Shona Russell titled ‘Re-authoring: some answers to commonly asked questions’. This model holds that the understanding of our lives is determined by the stories that we create about them (Carey & Russell, 2003). When and individual seeks help from a therapist, it is because they have undergone a troublesome experience, which makes such people have negative conclusions about themselves. The manner in which individuals understand the events responsible for their problem matters a lot, and it is shaped by relationships, events, influences, and broader relations of power (Carey & Russell, 2003).
Through the narrative model, therapists seek to re-author their client’s storylines so that those clients can identify and co-create alternative and helpful story lines. This model also posits that there are other stories that can be created from our storyline; in other words, people are multi-storied. In essence, the re-authoring of the client’s storyline is co-authored by the therapist in an attempt to address the underlying problem. In line with this, allowing clients to re-author their stories triggers a dramatic change at how they see themselves.
Carey, M., & Russell, S. (2003). Re-authoring: some answers to commonly asked questions. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 3, pp1-20.