Crossing the River: A Metaphor for Separation, Liminality, and Reincorporation— Therese Hegarty, Greg Smith, & Mark Hammersley


This paper explores how the metaphor of a river can be used to illustrate the ‘rites of passage’ concept introduced to narrative therapy by Michael White, drawing on the work of Van Gennep. The authors document a project using the metaphor with men renegotiating their relationships with drugs and alcohol in a residential program in Australia.