Seeing through a narrative lens provides opportunities to refresh and reconsider approaches to the ‘performance’ of counselling, and the ways in which we might collude with or resist the influence of power and discourse in practice. In this video Carmen invites you in to her fledgling practice to share examples of some of the ways in which narrative ideas inspire and shape her work; through letter writing, note taking, research, and practical expressions of a de-centred position when working with individuals.
Carmen Ostrander is an Australian narrative and expressive arts therapist currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Discovering narrative ways of working in 2014 reenergised her commitment to collaborative approaches in community work, which had been previously art based. Carmen currently provides low barrier non-pathologising support to artists and gender non-conforming communities through independent practice, the non-profit sector, and peer led support (solidarity) groups for fellow practitioners. Letter writing has become a cornerstone of her practice in conjunction with the development of writing workshops that explore the therapeutic and socio-political potential of our stories. Carmen completed the Masters program at Dulwich in 2017. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.