Childgenerated Metaphors

Stories will be most personally relevant for the child if they are able to match the child's personal experience and interests. A bottom line for using storytelling in therapy (or for any therapeutic strategy) is that, the better you know your client, the more relevant you can make your interventions. Communicating in the language, mind-set, and interests of the child makes your story a lot more personal and a lot easier for the client to identify with. It has relevance and meaning that is quickly incorporated, rather than requiring a child to start to search for meaning outside the level of his or her own experience.

In a book simply entitled Metaphor Therapy, Richard Kopp (1995) provides a six-step plan for listening to, joining, and utilizing the metaphors that your clients generate. This approach makes life a lot easier for the therapist: The onus is not upon you to create some rich and fanciful tale. Instead, by joining the client's experience, the therapist can be more effective in supporting the development of a reframed narrative. To do this, Kopp offers six steps that I have paraphrased here, and to which I have added my own child-relevant examples.

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