Article: Queer Informed Narrative Therapy: Radical Approaches to Counselling with Transgender Persons David Nylund and Annie Temple (USA)
At the time this article was written, Senior VSNT faculty David ‘Rock’ Nylund and his student colleague Annie Temple were working primarily with transgender clients at the Gender Health Centre (Rock helped create the GHC in 2010 to serve the transgender community). By this time the theoretical and practice framework for a queer informed narrative therapy practice had been well established.
Rock and Annie write: “Most therapy models privatize problems and de-emphasize the role of social structures, unfittingly attributing sociopolitical problems to the individual. Narrative therapy addresses this by reorienting the focus from an individualist – to a relational orientation. Using this framework, many of the problems that transgender clients experience are conceptualized not as manifestations of intra-psychic processes, but as the effects of transphobia. Externalizing conversations invite transgender persons to become more conscious of how their lives and their view of themselves are shaped by the reality of transgender oppression, thereby allowing them to separate and take an active social stand against these discourses and practices.”
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