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1 Final Paper: Case Conceptualization xxxxxx Yorkville University PSYC 6263: Couples & Family Systems (21S-O-1L) Dr. Elaine Baltzer June 13, 2021
2 Final Paper: Case Conceptualization Every story starts with a word. As human beings, we create and express meaning through our stories, created by our experiences in the world (Suddeath, E. G., Kerwin, A. K., & Dugger, S. M. (2017). Narrative therapy enables us to understand our story and rewrite it when parts of it no longer serve us (Combs, & Freedman, 2012). This paper presents a family who arrived at therapy and the conceptualization of the case through a narrative approach. Presenting Concerns Sierra and Brittany, a married couple and Taylor, their teenage daughter, arrived at therapy as one of the mothers, Sierra, is concerned about her daughter's recent behaviour. The arguments concerning the issue have been taking a toll on all family members and strained their relationships. Sierra explained that Taylor has recently started dating a man who is a few years older than her; she has been acting out, skipping school and "throwing her life away." Brittany, her partner, reported that she is often pushed by both her wife and her daughter to support them and "take their side" when they argue. Brittany feels torn between the two, worried she would make mistakes and, as a result, withdrawals from the situation. Theoretical Framework Narrative therapy is a therapeutic modality originated by Michael White and David Epston in the early 90 (Combs, & Freedman, 2012). At the heart of narrative therapy lies in the narrative metaphor, suggesting that people experience life through stories. The told and untold stories define and construct one's identity and give meaning to life (Combs, & Freedman, 2012). When a problem-saturated story is the dominant one in an individual life, cognitive, behavioural
3 and emotional symptoms may occur. The narrative approach seeks to help the individual rewrite their story, explore alternative versions that would facilitate change (Dr. Todd Grande, 2018).

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