I am grateful for this opportunity to do my apprenticeship with Kevan Walker at Golden Heart Family Therapy. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity train and learn Narrative therapy from Kevan. I am excited about this new adventure in my life.
Hi my name is Gabby Johnson. I am a Master’s student pursuing my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University.
My goal after graduation is to work in integrated care where a person’s medical needs are met from a biopsychosocial and spiritual perspective. I love the idea of working in a community of professionals that want to provide quality care for people within Fairbanks and our surrounding villages.
As I began a masters degree in counseling I started coming into contact with Marriage & Family Therapists, finding that they shared my "non~usual" way of viewing people as relational beings, rather than the usual individually~based practitioners.
After transferring to a Marriage & Family Therapy master's program in New England I became associated for the first time with Narrative Therapy. Narrative therapy is a non~usual type of family therapy that increases the agency of families & individuals by veering sharply from traditional problem~saturated conversations, choosing as its compass (coined by Narrative Therapy co~author Michael White) "People are not problems, problems are problems". As I have trained in this very respectful & appreciative type of family therapy, I've learned to put credit where credit is due, by relying on the expertise of the folks I meet with, rather than insert any professional advice.
Of late I've taken on the title of "Relentless Collector of Magical Moments", which I've stolen from photographer Stephen Wilkes. As you meet with me, you'll note that any expertise I hold is that of your personal "Therapeutic Biographer" or our relationship together being that of "Investigative Co~reporters" through appreciative inquiry. You'll notice that I want to know about your relationship with the problem in various contexts, particularly when you are able to provide evidence of gaining power over the problem or when the problem isn't a problem. Like a biographer I take LOTS of notes, which I consider sacred, & your property, which you at anytime can ask me to "hand it over"- often I'll copy these after our conversation for your review, as well as writing (or co~writing) other therapeutic documents. Be ready also to invite those who are most supportive (ex: father, mother, ecclesiastical leader, teacher, coach, that neighbor you can always count on, the bagger at the grocery, ect), as our time together is brief, & these persons have more currency in your life & will be with you long after I'm gone.
I am also a Alaska State-Approved MFT Supervisor. Because of this, I have up to two "Apprentices" (Interns) at a given time that could benefit greatly from sitting in on our conversations. Often these Apprentices act as "Witness" to our conversation in a "Reflecting Team" where I ask them questions in front of you & they reflect aloud what caught their attention & touched them. I always include Intern Consent in the "1st Conversation" paperwork for you to decide if this will be part of our work together. My current Apprentice(s) can be found below. Lastly, I am also in my own Advanced Apprenticeship in the Art & Craft of Narrative Therapy. I may ask your permission therefore to electronically record a session so I can transcribe 20 minutes of our conversation (My Apprentices do the same). I can use your name or a psudonym, whatever you prefer. I then send the transcription to you for a look-over, then with your permission to one of my "Apprenticers" to amend the transcript with questions to you & to me. Folks I've met with often report this process to be transformative & noting an increased skill in my own work with them.
Here you'll find a talk I presented at the TEDx Fairbanks event in April 2017.
Peruse my Curriculum Vitae at www.visualcv.com/kwalker for more information on my experience.