We all seek to make meaning from the stories of our lives. Every client is unique, so theory and technique sit quietly in the background rather than imposing on your story.
Transactional Analysis gives us a way of understanding personality through our stories, or Life Scripts. These scripts contain decisions made in childhood that are carried forward into adulthood as Script Beliefs. These beliefs influence how we think, feel and behave in relation to other people and to ourselves.
Working relationally invites you and I to talk about how we relate to each other, how this may echo your other relationships, and what we might do differently.
Narrative Therapy focuses on the stories of people's lives and involves finding ways in which people can change their relationships to whatever problem or difficulty they are facing. A problematic story may dominate and even hide other diverse stories that make your life rich. Bringing these preferred stories forward can reveal better ways of living.
People’s emotions, vulnerabilities, and conflicts are valuable experiences to be welcomed, accepted and explored as rich sources of personal growth. Everyone has the capacity to replace old patterns of relating to themselves and others with new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are appropriate in the here-and-now.
a. Kāwanatanga (governorship) – I honour that clients entrust their information and experience to me for the purposes of healing, cure, growth, or learning.
b. Tino rangatiratanga (sovereignty) – All individuals have the opportunity to live autonomously and with a sense of belonging. I am committed to promoting individuality, diversity and community. In therapy, the client and I, as therapist, have mutual but different roles, duties of care and responsibilities.
c. Ōritetanga (equitable outcomes) – I am committed to mutual consent; to oppose physical, psychological and social violence and oppression; and, to be socially responsible.
d. Wairuatanga (spiritual freedom) – I have respect for all clients as a fellow human beings. I endeavour to practice without discrimination on the basis of religion, race, disability, nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or sexual preference.