LIVE – Workshop Online

How to tell stories that heal new

– master the art of therapeutic storytelling

This popular and empowering day explores stories that have a powerful beneficial effect on the mind/body system and teaches you how to source and tell such therapeutic tales yourself.

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How to tell stories that heal (Online)

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  • Date: Thurs 11th February 2021

  • Length 1 day (9.15am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Denise Winn


  • CPD Certificate 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

Price includes course notes


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Live Online via Zoom – Join Denise Winn on Thursday 11th February for this one-off opportunity to attend this Diploma-linked workshop live online. The content will be the same as the attended version, with group exercises and plenty of opportunities to ask Denise questions. Simply book your place as normal (you will need a PC/tablet and strong internet connection) and we will email you your booking confirmation.  Details of how to join the Zoom workshop will be emailed to you nearer the time.
NB The training will be recorded and you will also have private access to the recording afterwards for a limited time.

Wonderful practical skills - I was entranced the whole day


Why take this course

Stories can be incredibly powerful therapeutic tools. They help bypass rigid views about life, enhancing the listener’s flexibility of thought. And by suspending ordinary constraints, they help people reclaim optimism whilst fueling their imaginations with the energy necessary to attain goals. In the physically ill, they can also stimulate the immune system and speed recovery.

All successful psychotherapy and counselling involves storytelling and the use of pertinent metaphors, which both tap into the natural way our brains work.

We can’t know what goes on in another person’s mind but, if you perceive the ‘pattern’ of a story and understand that it could be useful to them at a specific point in their life, that is reason enough to tell it. Their unconscious, creative imagination will seek and find the ‘meaning’ relevant to their situation. No explanation, no direct statement of a story’s meaning can substitute for the way it acts on the hearer’s mind.

So informative and relevant to my everyday work

School Counsellor

What will you learn

  • A powerful way to stimulate optimism, hope and independence in
    distressed people
  • How and why our brains work through ‘pattern-matching’
  • How to use this profoundly useful tool for getting through to people stuck in the black-and-white thinking of emotional distress
  • Increased ability to source and tell therapeutic stories yourself
  • Ways to enhance your own problem solving capacity, as well as being better able to help others with theirs
  • A new way to motivate and engage people
  • Insights into the mind/body communication system and how useful this tool can be for promoting healing and recovery
  • A great way to build rapport and bypass resistance
  • How to choose the appropriate stories and metaphors for different people, and when to use them
  • Practical ways in which therapists, teachers, GPs, managers, policy planners etc can apply this knowledge to their work
  • The ability to enhance flexibility of thought, creativity and confidence in your clients
  • How stories and metaphor can also help us diagnose where problems lie
  • A new love and deeper understanding of the value, resonances and resources within stories
  • Greater confidence in dealing with a wide range of people – and a solid understanding of, and practise in, the therapeutic precision of metaphor and more…


Dates & venues

Pat Williams, creator of this course, talks you through its benefits

Course Programme

The ‘How to tell stories that heal’ course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (GMT).

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone involved in psychotherapy, counselling or social work who needs to harness the therapeutic power of metaphor by being an effective storyteller
  • It is also valuable for the medical and nursing professions to know how to tell stories that lift depression and promote healing
  • Anyone interested in the age-old power of metaphor and storytelling for professional or personal reasons


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Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (8 Reviews)
  1. Social Worker

    Exceptionally well delivered day, I was transported to another world!

  2. Speech Therapist / Psychotherapist

    Subtle but very powerful ways of giving hope to people. I can see this being incredibly helpful in my work.

  3. Mental Health Practitioner

    Very useful to use stories within brief therapy, especially with clients who may be ‘stuck’ – thank you

  4. HG Therapist

    Real insight – this will have a huge impact on the way I work.

  5. Nutrition & Functional Medicine Profession

    Wonderful, entertaining and mentally stretching.

  6. TV Director

    It was enlightening to see how much one can do with fragments of ideas – changes one’s perspective on how to communicate.

  7. Support Needs Development Officer

    The power of stories is amazing!

  8. Patient Support Worker

    A super day. It was over before I realised it had started. Very stimulating.

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