The field of narrative-informed therapy began nearly a decade ago and has now matured to the point where a significant reference work is both timely and appropriate. This Handbook is the first to draw together theorists and practitioners representing a diverse range of approaches to describe and detail assessment and intervention strategies focusing on client story-telling and story reconstruction to promote positive change in clients. A primary goal is to bring together multiple approaches with the aim of promoting a dialogue among differing narrative traditions and synthesizing a more integrated understanding of client story-telling processes in psychotherapy. The editors have aimed for a balance between practice, applied research findings, and background theory.

Assimilation and Narrative: Stories as Meaning Bridges

Assimilation and Narrative: Stories as Meaning Bridges

Clients come to therapy to tell their stories (Hermans, 1999; Neimeyer & Mahoney, 1995; Sarbin, 1986). Narratives can preserve the rich complexities of lived experience. A good life story is rich in characterization, plot, and theme; it ...

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