Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 47–64 | Cite as

Stories for therapy: The right story to the right person at the right time

  • Tad Goguen Frantz
Special Issue On The Story And Storytelling


In the postmodern information era with its increasing complexity and demands on my time, I find storytelling increasingly attractive. The right story told to the right person(s) at the right time in the right way can powerfully define and shape both individuals and the systems into which they organize themselves. As interventions go, I find stories to be relatively high impact, low-risk, parsimonious, and user-friendly. This paper contains some of my favorite teaching stories and describes why and how I use them as both a family therapist and teacher of family therapy.

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storytelling family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tad Goguen Frantz
    • 1
  1. 1.the California Family Study CenterNorth Hollywood

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