chapter  5
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Filling the Narrative Envelope

DRAWING ON AN ANALOGY TO PLAYS AND NOVELS, to bring a narrative to life requires a context of time, place, and person-the who, what, when, where, and how of an event. Patients tell their story, however in whatever way they will or can and the task falls on therapists to build the narrative to a level of coherence for both. Therapists need to ask who someone is, what was happening in an event that was upsetting, how the patient felt about the choice she made, how old she was at the time, who else was involved, and all of the circumstances leading up to the event.