Narrative is an alternative form of therapy that helps you understand your own beliefs and limitations, where they come from, and how to reframe your version of self towards change and empowerment.
I am a certified narrative therapist with a background in social justice, anthropology, and literary theory. I take an interdisciplinary, non-pathologizing approach, that also considers the influence of cultural and social constructs on our behaviors, thoughts, and wellness.
"I love this approach is so positive and practical, but also Kate guided me towards making my own realizations and not imposing her views. It was so good to be able to process what I have been through."
"Kate's narrative sessions reached into me in important ways. Stories that we tell ourselves mean that there are others untold and a rich life we are not talking about. Kate has powerful questions to free yourself from your narrow life story."
LAURA E./FOOD COACH/MOTHER
"Kate's sessions have led me by the hand from one 'ah-ha' moment to the next. She articulates and uncovers the dark and difficult in a way that is like taking the thorn out of the bears paw to alleviate the pain, by making the abnormal normal, acknowledging its commonness and changing my view of self."
"Working with Kate will feel like being held and guided through a conversation in a way you've never had before"
What is Narrative Therapy?
Narrative therapy is a strategic and proven approach for individuals, groups, and communities, based on the principle that we are the experts of our own lives, and moreover, we can realign ourselves with preferred and empowering narratives. Humans are by our nature, driven to tell stories, to make sense of events, to come up with patterns in our minds about what happened and why. Even our biology drives us to order and name, make sense of perceptions, and to give purpose and meaning to our experience. Narrative therapy capitalizes on these tendencies with the goal of uncovering opportunities for new growth, meaning, purpose, and life-fulfillment.
As opposed to traditional psychotherapeutic methods, narrative does not focus on diagnoses or following prescriptive techniques. It emphasizes collaborating over a delivery of knowledge and expertise, born of post-structuralism and informed by feminism, social justice, orientations of power, and a general aversion to traditional mental health and medical models that can tend to pathologize people and their problems
I was trained in narrative theories and practice techniques by John Stillman, an early student of Michael White, considered the founder of modern Narrative Therapy practices and the Dulwich Center. Though I began my official narrative therapy practice training in recent years, I have been working in post-structuralism and narrative studies as an cultural anthropologist, a lawyer, community worker and social justice advocate, and as a Ph.D. candidate in narrative and literary theory. My personal healing journey has also been very formative in my practice and my passion for narrative as a therapeutic approach to social and personal conflict.
HOw Can I Help You?
I offer one-on-one counseling sessions, couples counseling, as well as group counseling in a variety of practice areas including conflict related to wellness, addiction recovery, divorce and family separation, depression and anxiety, new motherhood, and life transitions. Please take note that I am not a medical psychologist or psychiatrist and I do not diagnose mental illness. I offer no medical healing promises, as our work is exclusively in the realm of personal narrative and I will refer any patients who would benefit from medical intervention.
If you are considering working together please contact me for a FREE 15 minute phone consultation before booking. I am happy to share with you my process and see if it will be a good fit. You can also book a session on the services page if you are ready to begin. If you would like to learn more about what it is like to work together, you can also download my intro sessions for a small fee here.
If you are considering trying therapy or looking for a new therapist I would be happy to talk with you over a short free consultation to discuss how narrative therapy might benefit you. You can also review my service packages if you are interested in learning more about my work.