Storytelling Therapy Course

Fall 2017 (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.

Reasons this could be done include:

A) Just for fun.

B) To give one a sense of satisfaction.

C) 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.