Narrative therapy assumes that all people create meaning through narratives. We live our lives according to the stories we tell ourselves through our own cultural lens. We also live our lives according to the stories that others tell about us. Culture is a community’s collected stories, and the most influential determinant in our lives. The meaning we give to our life experiences is constructed in social, cultural, and political contexts. Narrative assumptions change the traditional role of the counselor and require culture to be taken into account and highly valued - rather than ignored or tolerated.
My narrative and play therapy counseling practice is informed by my intersectional lens that considers the social constructs of gender, race, class, culture, sexuality, ability, size, age, spirituality and so much more - as influencing our life stories. This lens was cultivated through my education in women's, gender & sexuality studies and clinical mental health counseling, plus twenty years of advocacy and research in diverse communities.
As your therapist, I bring my full experiences to the table AND I embrace a stance of curiosity and of not-knowing as you share the stories that shape your life. I will respect your perspective and your life experiences. I will support you to harness your strengths, view your cultural practices as assets, and lift up and actualize the preferred story of your future. For a free consultation or to schedule an appointment, email me at email@example.com or call 770.410.8870 (GA) or 919.205.3078 (NC).