How Can I Use Metaphors Effectively

It is my hope that the stories in Part Two illustrate a variety of styles of storytelling, and origins of material for therapeutic metaphors. In this section, I want to closely examine the processes for creating metaphors, using examples from the preceding stories to walk with you through the ways I have developed and presented these therapeutic tales. My intent is to be as clear as possible and thus make the processes replicable for you in your own clinical work. To this end, this chapter will describe some of the pathways that may be helpful to follow in metaphor therapy with children and adolescents and some of the potential pitfalls to avoid. Subsequent chapters will explore the sources from which you can build metaphors (where to get your ideas), the steps for planning and presenting your stories (how to build and tell them), and the ways to include parents in the therapeutic process (how to maximize healing benefits). What I offer is not inscribed in stone as the "Ten Commandments of Metaphor Therapy," but consists simply of things I find helpful to bear in mind when constructing healing stories for my young listeners.

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