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 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.
Below you'll find a talk Kevan presented at the TEDx Fairbanks event in April 2017.
Peruse my Curriculum Vitae at www.visualcv.com/kwalker for more information on my experience.