How We Work
At Caspersen Therapy Center
We take a stand against racism, White Supremacy, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and discrimination against disabilities. These practices oppress us all and diminish our potential.
We value holding space for clients as they deconstruct oppression and privilege as they encroach on our lives. We do not pathologize or deny client’s experiences of these issues.
When possible, we help to uphold critical awareness for clients to take action in the community, and to align with resources that connect with their values and beliefs.
What is Narrative Therapy?
We focus on a person’s definition of the problem. We separate the person from the problem and ask questions to help identify when the problem has less effect. We then help people construct their life around these experiences and what they want in life.
People who come to meet with a therapist often are dealing with a problem that they want reduced or gone. These problems can exist in the way one feels about life, how people interact with others. Narrative therapy seeks to separate this problem from the person. It is then possible for the person to evaluate the problem and take a position on what the person wants to keep and what the person wants to give away. Therapy questions help the person, using their own words and definitions of problems, start to develop more preferred ways to interact with their world. Because we focus on respect, we can address many different kinds of problems. Our therapists have years of experience and are happy to share their experience with different types of problems. But our focus is on what the person defines as problematic and what they desire.
"Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives."
Alice Morgan, Author
What is Narrative Therapy