Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Narrative Couple Therapy

  • Jill FreedmanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_237


From the beginning of its development, narrative therapy has found a home in couple and family therapy, although narrative practices are also used in individual and group therapy, community work, consultation, and mediation.

Prominent Associated Figures

Michael White and David Epston (1990) were the original developers of narrative therapy, and both of them used narrative ideas in working with couples. All of the contributions to narrative work with couples (Freedman and Combs 2015; Payne 2010) are built on their original ideas.

Theoretical Framework

Narrative therapy is based on the idea that we experience life through stories. Stories are formed through people’s experiences and the meaning they make of those experiences. These meanings are not made individually. People make meaning in relation to other people, to normative cultural discourses, and to contextual and historical influences. When relationships or partners in a couple do not measure up to discourses of what a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Evanston Family Therapy CenterEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico