Biographical Storytelling in the Context of Counseling and Therapy


  • Heidrun Schulze Fachhochschule Wiesbaden



biographical narrative way of guiding conversations, biographical analysis, interaction and institution, counseling


A precondition for any hermeneutic analysis of biographies is that the interview partners generate life history narratives. The same applies to a counseling practice that is sensitized by biographical analysis. On the one hand, clients' narratives of their own experiences provide the counselor with information on their biographical self-constructions and the processes of the sedimentation of the experiences of their life history. On the other hand, such narratives are not only of diagnostic use for the counselor, but also contribute to the clients' self-understanding. The author works in a psychosocial counseling center for university students. The article describes the transfer and potential of a style of counseling which encourages and is sensitized by biographical narratives in the context of an institution with a specific task. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs080117


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Author Biography

Heidrun Schulze, Fachhochschule Wiesbaden

Heidrun SCHULZE: Professorin an der Fachhochschule Wiesbaden im Bereich Methoden in der Sozialen Arbeit, Einzelfallhilfe und Gemeinwesenarbeit, Forschungsmethoden in der Sozialen Arbeit.. Arbeitsschwerpunkte:, Interpretative Sozialforschung, Biografieforschung, Rekonstruktive Sozialarbeitsforschung, Migration und Krankheit, Resilienz, narrativ reflexive Beratung und Therapie



How to Cite

Schulze, H. (2008). Biographical Storytelling in the Context of Counseling and Therapy. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).