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The Art of Narrative Psychiatry: Stories of Strength and Meaning

SuEllen Hamkins


Narrative psychiatry empowers patients to shape their lives through story. Rather than focusing only on finding the source of the problem, in this collaborative clinical approach psychiatrists also help patients diagnose and develop their sources of strength. By encouraging the patient to explore their personal narrative through questioning and story-telling, the clinician helps the patient participate in and discover the ways in which they construct meaning, how they view themselves, what their values are, and who it is exactly that they want to be. These revelations in turn inform clinical d ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982042
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199982042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

SuEllen Hamkins, author