"THERE IS NO GREATER BURDEN THAN BEARING AN UNTOLD STORY INSIDE YOU" (Maya Angelou)
Humans are story-telling animals; it's what makes our species unique. Narratology is the study of story, and how we give and take meaning from our lives and come to understand our worlds. It is my hope that this practice of voicing and revising our experience can become part of the way all children are raised and taught, and the way all adults approach their work, relationships, and lives. I help people create more coherent narratives.
I practice at the intersection of Text, Clinical Training, Emotionally Intelligent Communication, & Mindful Awareness as a writer, coach, clinician, and educator. This blended background led me to develop a time-tested process of articulation and revision called Narrative Reconstruction, which I have practiced across the lifespan wherever people are interested in discovering who they really are and how they really wish to be. Using narrative reconstruction as a guided form of self-discovery, I help clients uncover where and why they're stuck, and what's been misunderstood or forgotten in their own life stories. I help them access their own knowings, and then give voice the them.
Narrative Coaching holds at its core, the belief that giving voice to ourselves is the greatest expression of our selfhood, and that although the story we hold about our selves defines us, for better and for worse, these stories can be re-viewed, re-thought, re-membered, and re-vised at anytime in our lives. Narrative Reconstruction allows us to achieve flow in our narratives and in our lives. In addition to mindfully explored spoken dialogue with one another, in the Narrative Reconstruction process we can also observe, articulate, and revise our lives through writing meditations. Writing itself is an act of reflection. It is a practice. Writing is a way of beginning a relationship with yourself, and when we share this writing with an attuned respondent, we come alive. We recognize our experience, our sense of "self", with greater clarity and honesty.
"I call myself a narratologist and the sharing of story has been the organizing principle of my life."
Gail Noppe-Brandon, LCSW, MPA, MA has over 25 years of experience in narratology. Her method has been used by universities, social service organizations, and individuals to bring authenticity, empathy, and clarity to dialogue…with self, and with others. Additionally, through her former non-profit, Find Your Voice, Gail helped hundreds of people (including entrepreneurs, managers, clinicians, educators, students, parents & artists) discover their voices.
Gail served as Assistant Dean of Arts & Science at NYU and holds an MA in Writing, an MPA in Organizational Development, and an LMSW in clinical social work. A graduate of LaGuardia HS for the Arts, in addition to being an SSDC theatre director, Gail is a published playwright and was the first ever recipient of the Drama League’s Grant for new Works. She is author of three books, several chapters and many articles on voicing and revising self-narratives, and is a featured Communication Coach on PBS and a documentary film about her work received the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film Festival in 2008. Her Narratological method has been endorsed by such organizations as the Heyman Center for Philanthropy, Bank Street and Hunter Colleges, the New York City Department of Education, and The Society for Professional Marketing Services. Noppe-Brandon is a master teacher who has received five Carnegie Awards for Excellence, as well as an award from the President’s Council on the Humanities. She has given talks and trainings at: National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), The Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS), The Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN), and The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC). She was in clinical practice at the JBFCS Manhattan Greenberg Center from 2010-2105, and currently provides therapy, coaching and training to individuals and groups privately.
Gail's Narratology practice evolved out of her non-profit organization, Find Your Voice (FYV), which used dramatic writing as a source of self-discovery. For 25 years, FYV helped people of all ages and backgrounds articulate and revise their stories, and develop the flexibility to change their lives. The award-winning FYV method, which used the tools of acting and playwriting, also enhanced emotional intelligence and boosted communication skills. See here for more history on this organization.