Stories inform how we make sense of the world. They also shape how we see ourselves. Our stories give meaning to our lived experience.
Sometimes the stories that bring us meaning and hope are hijacked, or dominated, by ‘heavy’ or ‘problem’ stories. These may come our way through a myriad of different ways, and they often silence the stories that are precious to us - the stories we want to build on.
Narrative Therapy seeks to help people deconstruct the dominant, problem-saturated stories that have negatively impacted our sense of self. In narrative counselling we learn to elevate alternate stories of resistance, courage, connectedness and perseverance.
Narrative counselling is a collaborative work. We respect the client’s dignity and agency, recognising that they are the expert of their story.
Nicole Conner is the founder and principal counsellor at Defining Stories. She is a qualified Narrative Therapist based in Fitzroy North, Victoria.
Nicole was born in Germany and raised in South Africa. She brings thirty years of experience of working in not-for-profit organisations and spiritual care. She specialises in working with people who have been negatively affected by toxic religious experiences, anxiety, grief, and/or trauma.
Nicole's work also includes bringing a narrative approach into organisational settings and helping communities identify the stories that speak into their mutual sense of identity, values, and ethics. This work and training focuses on history, legacy, and shared stories. This is done in collaboration with management, staff, and volunteers.
Nicole is committed to practice in an ethical and safe manner. She receives monthly clinical supervision and attends regular training seminars and workshops as part of her continued professional development. She is a member the Australian Counselling Association (Level 2) and adheres to their Scope of Practice. She holds full public liability and professional indemnity insurance for all of the therapies and services offered.
* Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work (University of Melbourne)
* Master of History (New England University)
* Bachelor of Theology (Eastern College, Melbourne).
* Member of Australian Counselling Association (Level 2)
* Grief and Liminality: Living and working with a state of 'in between' (Certificate)
* Enhancing Trauma Resiliency (Certificate)
* End of Life Conversations (Certificate)
* Anticipatory and Non-Finite Grief (Certificate)
If you would like to discuss whether narrative counselling is right for you, contact Nicole Conner on firstname.lastname@example.org or use contact form below.
"Narratives are the primary ways in which we make sense of our lives..."
– Jacqui Stedman -
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