I acknowledge the Wurundjeri-willam peoples of the Kulin nation, the traditional owners of the unceded lands on which I work and meet. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging.
Welcome to Defining Stories.
I grew up in a home of storytellers. Stories that gifted me with a sense of belonging, something I would only appreciate decades later. It is this story-telling way of life that drew me into narrative therapy where I found resonance in the idea that we can learn to tell our stories in ways that bring healing. We are the experts of our stories.
Stories bring meaning to our lives. They shape how we see ourselves. Sometimes meaningful stories are ‘hijacked’ or hidden by heavy problem stories. These problem stories can be overwhelming, silencing what is precious to us. So in narrative therapy I walk alongside people to help them deconstruct the problem stories and invite them to tell and retell stories that offer hope and healing. How is that possible? Because you are not your problem story: the Problem is the Problem.
Once we have untangled the problem stories we begin to re-author your life stories. What do you hope for? Value? Dream about? What are the skills and knowledges you have that have protested and resisted the dominant problem stories? We begin the exploration of this giant atlas called your life - and it brims with possibilities.
I can help you become aware of yourself as a storyteller and use those stories to heal.
I bring thirty years of experience of working in spiritual care and not-for-profit organisations. Narrative practices also inform my work as an organisational well-being consultant and supervisor.
I am the founder and director of Defining Stories in Fitzroy North, Melbourne.
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