HOW THERAPEUTIC STORIES HELP AND HEAL
Therapeutic stories can have many theoretical foundations and take a variety of forms. Therapeutic stories have many themes in messages directed to the listener’s wise and intuitive side; among these are messages created to increase the listener’s sense of personal power, self-acceptance, and capacity to love and be loved. Stories may also challenge the listener to acknowledge and connect with their strengths and resources, find a positive purpose for their life, perceive both themselves and their world in a clear and undistorted way, establish healthy social relationships and/or to “let go” and heal wounds and shame caused by abuse and/or traumas in their past.
Therapeutic Stories to Heal and Empower (2019), and Therapeutic Stories that Teach and Heal (1996) use metaphor and symbols to speak to the intuitive and wise side of the listener, traditionally believed to be the unconscious. They are based on the assumption/belief that the listener possesses the wisdom and potential to heal themselves and to redirect their lives in positive and productive ways.