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Experiential and Narrative Family Therapy Walden University NURS-6650-Psychotherapy with Groups and Families September 28, 2020
Experiential and Narrative Family Therapy Purpose: Family therapy provides a venue for members to better understand the conditions and needs of their loved ones so that they can build a healthy family unit. It is not uncommon for conflicts or troubles to happen within families. The purpose of this week’s assignment is to analyze the key points of both experiential family therapy and narrative family therapy, compare the strengths and limitations of experiential and narrative therapy and provide a description of a family where experiential therapy would be appropriate. Experiential Therapy: Experiential therapy is built-on various types of restorative interventions that allow clients to take part in “experiencing some actions, creative process, a form of cooperation or form of expression” (Oxford Treatment Center, 2019). Experiential therapy uses a collaborative technique to assist the client to become more honest, master how to connect, establish a better knowledge of oneself and others, get rid of some negative emotions, and reanalyze how these emotions can impact their behaviors. The different types of experiential therapies include Gestalt therapy, client-centered therapy, and certain application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and dynamic therapy (American Addiction Center, 2020). Narrative therapy is aimed at detaching the client from the complication, enabling the client to express their problems rather than personalizing them. Narrative therapy leans on the client’s abilities and ambitions to lead them through challenging times (Ackerman, 2020). It is common for each family member to have a distinct viewpoint about the same problem when coming for therapy. Narrative therapy offers the family members with an

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