Narrative Therapy and Deconstruction

One of the interesting practical aspects of narrative therapy is what it suggests about listening. Unlike the Rogerian therapist, whose active listening is intended to reflect back the client's story like a mirror without distortion, the narrative therapist looks for hidden meanings, spaces or gaps, and evidence of conflicting stories. We call this process of listening for what is not said deconstruction. The narrative therapist is actively involved from the outset in delving into the meanings of the client's life. The notion of looking for hidden meaning has an interesting history, deriving from the work of French philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.

Wendy Drewery and John Winslade (1996: 43)

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