Building stories of connection and reconnection by Amelia Batrouney

In this video, Amelia talks about ways in which the body can be included in narrative therapy conversations through both mindfulness (of the present moment experience and the questions we ask) and deconstruction, fostering a greater sense of connection to, and preferred stories of, the body. Working with people who have experienced multiple traumas, it is acknowledged that both the body and mind are impacted, therefore both are included in therapy aimed at healing and recovery. There is a growing interest in the body in therapy and this conversation seeks to contribute to this space, demonstrating both how narrative therapy already works with the body in a multitude of ways, and what also might be possible within these conversations. As narrative therapists, we are always co-structuring safety with those we meet, never imposing our questions or approach, and always taking care that the conversations are in the control of those consulting us. 

Author biography
Amelia (she/her) is a social worker and narrative therapist working with people who have experienced trauma. She lives and works on both unceded Gadigal and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung country. Amelia is interested in the intersection of social justice and therapy as well as the ways in which mindfulness can and does play a role in narrative conversations, connecting and reconnecting us to preferred stories and ways of living. Her work is as much shaped by a narrative lens as it is by the people she consults with, and her practice is always evolving. 

Published on 13 June 2023

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