Imagination and metaphor in narrative therapy and collective practice — John Stubley

By: John Stubley

In this paper I explore the use of metaphors in the creation of externalised problem narratives for individuals and larger collectives, as well as in the creation of preferred alternative narratives. Through practice examples, I relate some of the ways in which I have been working with imagination and metaphor in my own context in Western Australia. This includes therapeutic work with individuals, as well as collective processes in which I have been able to apply narrative principles. How this connects to the broader field of narrative work is also explored, as are some issues related to ethics and power.

Key words: metaphor; imagination; art; poetics; social poetry; collective practice; narrative practice


Stubley, J. (2024). Imagination and metaphor in narrative therapy and collective practice. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, (1), 84–95. https://doi.org/10.4320/VRXV1568

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