Enacting Stories: Discovering Parallels of Narrative and Expressive Therapies, A Literature Review
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MA - Master of Arts
This literature review will analyze the use of narrative therapy (NT) techniques, dance/movement therapy (DMT) techniques, and expressive therapy (ET) techniques in an effort to distinguish where theoretical parallels exist between these methods of counsel. Narrative therapy is a postmodern framework of counseling that assists clients in resisting damaging stories that have been embedded through bioecological systems of exposure throughout development. Narrative therapy structures its philosophy through processes of externalization and deconstruction, and encourages the process of reframing or re-authoring one’s personal self-narrative. At their core, DMT and ET already utilize components of foundational NT practices, through processes of enactment, arts-based mapping, and reorientation. This thesis will explore ways in which this happens within expressive therapeutic techniques independently, and in combination with NT.
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Reddig, Zoe, "Enacting Stories: Discovering Parallels of Narrative and Expressive Therapies, A Literature Review" (2023). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 747.
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