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1 EXPERIENTIAL AND NARRATIVE THERAPY Running head: FAMILY THERAPY Experiential Versus Narrative Family Therapies Joseph Tonui Walden University NRNP 6650: Psychotherapy With Groups and Families December 19, 2020
2 EXPERIENTIAL AND NARRATIVE THERAPY Purpose The purpose of this paper is to summarize the key points of experiential and narrative family therapy, compare them, noting their strengths and weaknesses, and to provide and a description of a family that can benefit from experiential family therapy. Introduction Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy used to help families to nature and develop their relationships (McCarter & Hengger, 2018) . Even though there are different forms of family therapy, all believe that regardless of the family problem's origin, the solution will always benefit the client. Among the many examples of family therapies are experiential and narrative family therapy. Experiential Family Therapy Experiential family therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses a multisensory approach such as role-play, guided imagery, music, arts and crafts, and other forms of recreation to increase the family's expression of effect and uncover past emotions (Cornnell, Mitten, & Whitaker, 2015). This form of therapy has been used to successfully treat anger, behavior disorders, trauma, and even eating disorders. It works on the premise that one's perception determines one's experience. Through the experience, the client can identify with the emotions associated with success, disappointments, and self-esteem.

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