Storytelling Therapy Course

Fall 2018 (Sept-Dec)




The Storytelling Therapy process

in 7 steps



1) Tell your Life Story (a ten-minute version).


2) Identify in one's Life Story:

A) Turning points.

B) Successful coping methods one has used.

C) Outstanding motifs (also known as story elements, and archetypes).

D) Themes (ideas, issues, lessons learned, etc).


3) Gather 4 or 5 other stories that are similar to aspects of one's Life Story.  These other stories could be stories of any type (they could be stories of folktales, episodes of epics, movies, historical events, experiences of family or friends, etc).


4) Create modified versions of any of the above-mentioned stories (especially of episodes of one's Life Story).  For examples, one could:

A) Change the way a scene ends.

B) Add or subtract a character or scene.

C) Take a story one has told in 1st person (a personal-experience story) ("I did ..."), and tell it in 3rd person ("She/he did ...").  This takes an internal experience and externalises it, projecting the experience onto an external character.

D) Take a story one has told in 3rd person ("She/he did ..."), and tell it in 1st person (as if it were a personal-experience story) ("I did ...").  This takes an external experience and internalises it. 

Reasons one might do these activities include:

A) Just for fun.

B) To give one a sense of satisfaction.

C) To see things and situations from different perspectives.

D) To explore ways characters could, should, or might have behaved.


5) Speak to and as characters in the above-mentioned stories.  Possibilities include:

A) One could speak with a younger version of oneself.

B) One could speak with a younger or older version of a story character.

C) A story character could speak with a younger or older version of him/herself.


6) See if any metaphors representing aspects of the above-mentioned stories might come to mind.  


7) Using such metaphors (and any other elements of, or related to, the above-mentioned stories), seek to compose a story that is inspiring, guiding, encouraging, empowering, and/or healing in relation to oneself.