Article: A Quick & Concise Introduction to Narrative Therapy for Graduate Students. Anja Bjoroy, Stephen Madigan, David Nylund

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IMG_3363At the heart of social worker Michael White’s creative practice known as narrative therapy is an unswerving commitment to a relational/contextual/non-individualist therapeutic view of people and relationships. Turning away from 150 years of psychological thought, narrative therapy is founded on an ideology designed to counter the decontextualized, skin bound, non-relational, individual self.  Instead of being informed by the discourses of psychology and psychiatry, narrative therapy is situated within the disciplines of cultural anthropology, feminism, post-colonialism, critical race studies, social justice, literary theory and queer studies (to name just a few of the disciplines).

Anja Bjoroy (Norway), Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Nylund (USA)

Therapists in this Session

Anja Bjorøy


Based out of in Oslo Norway, Anja Bjoroy holds two Masters degrees and works as a narrative therapy informed family therapist. She was instrumental in helping Stephen Madigan create the deeply inspired non-individualist turn in Couple Therapy know as narrative therapy informed Relational Interviewing.

Stephen Madigan MSW, PhD


Stephen Madigan is an award-winning narrative therapist and best-selling author of Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011, 2019 and – 3rd Edition published in 2023). He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content creator for, invented the new practice of narrative therapy-informed Relational Interviewing with couple relationships, and wrote…

David Nylund MSW, PhD


David Nylund MSW, PhD has been a practicing narrative therapist for 27 years. In depth study of narrative therapy theory and post-structuralism led him towards completing a PhD in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on feminist and queer theory at the University of California at Davis (whose faculty included Judith Butler). David is now a full…


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