The Life Story Process

The Life Story Process

Life Story work is collaborative and fluid, although most client work moves through three phases.

  1. The Life Story Interview
  2. Analysis sessions
  3. Process Sessions

I primarily work via Skype for client work, however face-to-face work can occasionally be preferable. Let me know if you would prefer a face-to-face appointment; I am based in Lincoln, England.

The Life Story Interview

Our work together would begin with a double session of two hours to hear your life story, which will be recorded. This recording will remain completely confidential, between you and me. In this time you will walk me through your life, from birth to the present day, focusing as you feel relevant on any events that are of special significance to you. I may ask follow up questions as we move through your story, to expand my understanding of your experiences.

Analysis Sessions

During your life story interview, I take thorough notes to map out your narrative. After the session  we then revisit these (the recording acts as a back up should we wish to refer to it at any point). The ‘data’ of your story then gives way to emergent patterns and themes, using processes and approaches honed though my doctoral research and experience. In hourly sessions we examine these through the prism of the challenges you are currently facing, such as we will have discussed during your consultation. In this way it becomes possible to explore your journey so far, and the ways in which your past is contributing to your present. The findings from this process then go on to inform our subsequent sessions together.

Process Sessions

I will then work with you in follow up sessions of approximately one hour each to explore themes and patterns emergent in our analysis. These sessions will provide an opportunity to reflect on these themes and their interplay throughout your life story, as well as in your present day life. They will also be used to explore how you want to construct, or reconstruct your future in light of these, and the means by which this may be achieved.