Why Their Words Matter: Making Sense of Clients' Stories

  • PPSC Annex 80 Fifth Avenue, Room 1408 New York, NY USA

Everybody has a story. Articulating this narrative helps people to make sense of their lives, and a ''Guided Revision" of it helps them to heal. While clients tell their story in many ways (body language, symptoms, facial expressions, feelings, etc.), recent neuroscience supports the idea that retrieving their own specific words is an essential, and often neglected, part of the puzzle. This workshop will provide tools that any clinician can use to heighten their comfort and agility with unpacking their client's written and spoken text, both within and between sessions. Re-framing text can unfreeze a traumatic story or revise the roles for clients who are embedded in the stories of narcissistic parents, or even empower those for whom self-care creates a frighteningly radical revision of their story of dependency. As a clinician and narratologist, Gail Noppe-Brandon will present case examples, discuss concepts, and share insights from her 25 years of practice.

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