Narrative Therapy

What is Narrative Therapy?

Narrative therapy seeks to empower the individual by allowing them to become an expert in the self while offering non-pathologizing and non-blaming counseling. 

Narrative therapy encourages an expertise in the self by affirming the stories individuals hold about the world, their experiences, and identities. As a person moves through life, they experience events, moments, traumas, joys, and everything in between. Meaning is assigned to these moments, which then influences how they experience the world. 

Every person holds multiple of these stories at once, some of which are more significant than others. They link together these stories across space and time to form the plot of their lives. Narrative therapy helps to tease out these moments, stories, and plots to construct a healthy personal narrative. 

Why Narrative Therapy?

Narrative therapy seeks to challenge the problematic beliefs a person holds true, while also encouraging them to become an expert in their own story and experiences. 

Narrative therapy is not meant to change a person, but instead, widen the scope of their story and allow them to develop new ways to create a healthier and more accurate personal narrative. 

Narrative therapy can be used by those who feel overwhelmed with negative events, emotions, and experiences. It can help to make sense of the stories individuals tell themselves about the world, their identity, etc and allow them to find their voice and become the person they wish to be. 

Narrative therapy asks individuals to separate themselves from their problems. This type of therapy is demanding, asking those seeking treatment to be willing to dive deep into their problems and strengths, and to reevaluate the ways they think about themselves.

Learn More about Narrative Therapy

Interested in learning more about this modality? Join us December 9 at 2:00 pm ET to explore the basic ideas, assumptions, concepts, practices, and interventions of Narrative Therapy with Jill Freedman, LCSW, Gene Combs, MD, and Makungu Akinyela, Ph.D, LMFT.

Jill Freedman, Gene Combs, and Makungu Akinyela are experts in the field of narrative therapy. Our panelists have over 30 journal articles, 3 books, and 5 Motivo panels between them including our Racial Equity Series, Allyship Panel, and Mental Health and Black Men panel.


A Panel Discussion on Narrative Therapy has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Motivo is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3776 

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the clinical supervision hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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