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Narrative therapy separates people from their problems viewing them as whole and functional individuals who engage in thought patterns or behavior that they would like to change 3 narrative therapy views the client as the expert in narrative therapy the therapist does not occupy a higher social or academic space than the client. Narrative therapy chapter 13 to illustrate how experience is shaped by the language we use to describe it consider the difference between calling the heart racing tension most people feel before speaking in public stage fright or excitement the first description makes this familiar agitation a problem something to overcome the second suggests that its a natural almost inevitable . Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems this allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them . Origins although elements central to narrative therapy are utilized in a variety of psychotherapies this approach to therapy was primarily developed through the writings of michael white and david epston two new zealand based therapists who believed it was important to see people as separate from their problems. Narrative therapy is a form of therapeutic counseling or talk therapy that trains us to identify and change the stories that we tell about ourselves in a way that promotes mental health this approach also teaches us to identify underlying skills and positive attributes that can help us to improve our life circumstances