What’s your story? Often we accept or internalize negative stories about ourselves and then act accordingly. Narrative therapy, developed by Michael White and David Epston, seeks to relocate problems outside of the person. The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. Getting some space between you and your problems, through shifts in thinking and language, can help you to relate to your problems in a different way. Narrative therapy also broadens the scope of inquiry into problems to include race, class, poverty, and other cultural factors that create or contribute to our problems.
Narrative therapy takes the approach that events that cause you pain do so because they conflict with your unexamined values. Absent but implicit in your dislikes is what you truly value. The process of examining what bothers you can then be seen as a process of clarification about what is truly important to you. Narrative therapy takes a non-pathologizing, non-expert position of curiosity toward people and their problems, believing that people already have what they need to solve the problems they have. More information about Narrative therapy can be found here: https://dulwichcentre.com.au/what-is-narrative-therapy/