Creating Coherent Narratives
Narrative Reconstruction is a process that invites a kind of voicing different from that employed during the ordinary transmittal of events and memories, or even articulation of feelings. It is a mindful voicing and listening that can then be brought into all other relationships. Through the process of dramaturgical questioning, Narrative Reconstruction is a process that allows participants to discover the answers they already hold, in a creative approach and within a nurturing relationship. Something between the practical, goal-oriented advice-giving of life coaching and the open-ended symptom removal work of therapy, Narrative Reconstruction is a guided form of self-discovery that, through asking the right questions, helps clients discover where and why they are stuck, and what has been misunderstood or forgotten in their own life stories. After being helped to articulate and explore their own knowings, participants can work with the Narratologist to recognize and co-construct the changes they truly want to make.
Enlarging the Frame
The emphasis is on creative "wordplay" in which the client's own utterances have the ultimate authority. These utterances arise directly from emotional memory and are then brought into full awareness...where revision is possible. .. even for those who view themselves as inarticulate about their feelings. This outcome is called Narrative Integration, and results in the ability to narrate the themes of your life in an open and flexible manner, and to move from a constricted autobiographical story to a coherent one. Key phrases from the client's in session narratives are then shared as prompts for written meditation. Written exercises are often a part of the work both within and between sessions; no prior writing skill or experience is necessary. Individual Narrative sessions are usually an hour long; sessions can be conducted in-person, via Skype and email, orally and in writing. Once the practice of narrative reconstruction is learned it can be continued independently, in your own daily practice.
Narrative Coaching suits many purposes, and is particularly useful for people who:
- Are in career or relationship transition
- Have recently lost someone or something significant
- Are confronting illness or aging
- Are stuck in the past, or can’t remember the past
- Feel misunderstood by those in their families or communities
- Have been discouraged from voicing their truth