Karen Mittet, BA, BEd., MNTCW, is a Narrative Therapist. Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work.
As a narrative therapist, Karen is naturally curious about the stories of people’s lives and looks at ways that different stories can bring about hope and healing.
As a narrative practitioner, Karen believes that people have a relationship with a problem and that the problem does not need to define them as a person. Karen explores how a person constructs their understanding of a problem in relation to family, culture, religion, community, gender and other significant contexts. Taking a position of curiosity and adopting a non-judgmental stance, Karen invites people to observe their own beliefs and feelings about the problem.
As stories unfold, new meanings begin to emerge as well as the possibility for change.
Karen acknowledges stories of adversity.
She recognizes that there are many stories to a person’s life that powerfully shape their experiences. Neglected stories are those that have become overpowered by the problem. Narrative therapy is curious about these undervalued stories and believes that they can reveal a person’s many skills and knowledges. These skills and knowledges can be accessed through the stories people tell.
Karen knows the Power of Story and letter writing.
Since the spoken word is ephemeral, Karen writes a therapeutic letter to the people who see her as a way to rescue important words and phrases used by them in therapy. When stories are written down, they can provide further insight into events and the meanings attached to them. Karen’s approach is innovative and creative, she encourages people to tell their stories in ways that make them stronger.
Karen honors the healing power of conversation.
She understands that listening well, with compassion and an open heart, is key to helping people in their struggles. Through rich therapeutic questioning that is the cornerstone of narrative practice, Karen offers people the space to talk, to dialogue about what they are experiencing emotionally, physically, spiritually or mentally, and for their life histories to be validated.