The person is not the problem; the problem is the problem.
Narrative Therapy focuses on developing conversations where people can experience themselves as separate from the problems with which they are struggling. When problems are viewed and discussed as separate from the individual, our ability to gain insight into our lives often dramatically improves. This type of therapy is especially helpful with children and adolescents. When a child realizes that the problem, instead of them, is going to be put on the spot or scrutinized, they often feel much more comfortable about joining in on the conversation. They are then in a position to acknowledge that this problem may indeed be contributing to their challenges and to discuss matters with, at times, remarkable candor. When engaged in these types of discussions, young people will often bring forth their unique talents and abilities to take more resourceful and effective stances to defeat or resist problems they are facing.