Storytelling as a Tradition
Belonging and Acceptance
Processing Reality & Overcoming Loneliness
Storytelling and 12-Step Meetings
In the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and all of the other 12-step realms, the use of storytelling is of the utmost importance. One is free to share his or her own story, give it life while taking the power out of its secrets and invisible stronghold. When others hear their own story, when others can relate and when others can learn from it all, it allows a sense of healing emotionally and cognitively. Within this healing come solutions – solutions to our sense of wellbeing and the tragic stories that we tell ourselves that we must succumb to.
Change Your Story
The act of storytelling is also aligned with the successes of psychotherapy. A client can use this act through the use of narrative therapy in sessions. Through this approach, the client is free to tell his or her story from the vantage point of being the sole author of his or her life’s journey. Taking it a step further, the therapist helps the client identify his or her own strengths to apply them as solutions to questions, concerns and struggles. It helps to separate the problems experienced from the person and allows the client to see it strategically in order to identify areas requiring change. The benefits of such an approach in the therapeutic room goes beyond a professional telling the client what to do, it allows the client the opportunity to bring the therapist along the journey so that no one has to ever experience it alone.