About fairytale counseling

Stories have a fundamental impact on how we view ourselves and the world. We think in narratives: we take pieces of information and connect them into a story, and with this, we create our own subjective reality. Some narratives are helpful and purposeful, while some others have served their course and are ready to be let go of. Working with narratives in a counseling context is a gentle, yet powerful way to become aware of, to understand and to, if necessary, rewrite our narratives – in order to start experiencing positive changes in our lives.

 

Fairytales are also narratives. They talk about the same topics and themes, the same challenges, joys, and pains, that occur in our own lives, except that they do so in a symbolic language. Every fairytale is, therefore, an invitation: an invitation to connect with your intuition and your emotions in a deeper, more instinctive, more playful and effortless way, through the symbolic language of the fairytales.

 

How fairytale counseling works

In fairytale counseling for adults, the main objective is to bring positive change in an area of one's life, by recognizing old stories and rewriting them and by discovering and pursuing new opportunities. There are two basic ways in which we do this:

  • In write-your-own fairytale methodologies, you create fairytales that are symbolic representations of the real-life challenges you are going through at the moment, you find symbolic solutions to your problems and then translate those symbols into real-life solutions.

 

  • In working with classical fairytales such as Grimm or Andersen tales, traditional folk fairytales and myths, you are invited to discover and assume new perspectives, and to get inspired by connecting with the age-old wisdom that is present in those stories that have been crafted by hundreds of earlier generations. In the old days, fairytales were a means of collective therapy for adults. By tapping into the depth of these fairytales, one gets access to humanity's collective subconscious, full of potential solutions. 

 

Fairytale counseling works with a variety of techniques, the essence of all being: to help you, on a symbolic level, fight your battle with the villain (= symbolic representation of your challenges, e.g. dragons or witches), to walk your Hero’s Journey, to discover your secret treasure (= the resources that you already have in you, and which you need for the challenge at hand), and to, in many cases, celebrate a marriage at the end (= an indication of your re-integrating a part of yourself that you have forgotten, but now need again to solve your challenge). And once a solution has been found on the symbolic level, it is brought up into the daylight, i.e. translated in the realities of your everyday life, enabling you to start bringing positive changes into your real life.

 

Some common topics we work with

For any challenge you may have, there is a relevant fairytale. There are, however, topics that often come up in fairytale counseling, such as:

  • Relationship challenges

  • Loneliness & a feeling of isolation

  • Recovering after a difficult experience, a breakup, divorce

  • Lack of initiative, courage, persistence in any aspect of one’s life

  • Resolution of conflicts

  • Anxiety, feeling insecure during changes in the world/in one’s life

  • Perfectionism, controlling, not being able to let go

  • Creative block & lack of inspiration, vision or purpose

  • Difficulty managing stress and pressure

  • ... and many more.

 

Fairytale counseling formats

Whether working with a traditional fairytale or creating your own one, fairytale counseling is a methodology that can help you take a fresh look at the challenges you are facing  – and start discovering solutions. During your process, once the relevant fairytale has been selected or created, you will spend some time going deeper and deeper into the story. Using a variety of methods, you will gradually process the story, integrate it and apply it in your life.

 

Different counseling formats are offered: individual and group counseling, short as well as deep processes. You are welcome to get in touch to find out which format and approach would best fit your needs. You are also welcome to check out the Event section or the Tales for Life Berlin Facebook page for upcoming groups and free demonstrations.

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Email: borisz@counselorinberlin.de

Phone: +49 175 5239861

FB Messenger: @TalesForLifeBerlin

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