Regarding the 11-session Course on
"Using a 'Storytelling Therapy' Method
for Life Coaching, Counselling, and
Therapy," which has been taught 3
times each year from 2017 to 2020 --
Dr Eric is now giving training in this
The content of the trainings is similar
whether it is taught to a group, or
Applications of this Storytelling Therapy
* Providing Training in Life Skills, Soft Skills,
and Communication Skills,
* Providing Life Coaching,
* Facilitating Personality Development, and
* Facilitating Healing,
in addition to Providing Counselling and Therapy.
In the one-on-one format:
8 weekly (60-minute) sessions,
on days and times to be arranged.
Via Zoom videoconference, or in Dr Eric's
roof-top garden in Mylapore, Chennai.
Fee: Rs 12,000.
A Review of the Course (by a participant) is here.
The Storytelling Therapy method I am helping
to develop, and am practising and teaching,
has 8 steps:
1) Tell one's "Life story" (perhaps a ten-minute version).
2) Listeners share similar experiences.
3) Identify turning points, outstanding motifs, and themes.
4) Gather "Associative stories" (using free association).
5) Add to and otherwise modify any of the above-mentioned stories.
6) Speak to and as characters in the stories.
7) Bring to mind metaphors for aspects of the stories.
8) Compose a "Healing story" (An Inspiring / Encouraging /
Guiding / Integrating / Transforming story.)
As part of
> 6) Speak to and as characters in the stories,
we would use the "Active Imagination" technique
that was first developed by Carl Jung,
The 8 steps in more detail are here.
This 8-step method is based on
Links to the Course readings (most of
them are optional) are at
There is only one written assignment
(to write down the Healing/Transforming
story one would have composed for oneself).
Fairytale Therapy is an important part of
this Course. The Course reading list has
numerous essays on the topic, including
"Fairytale Therapy: A Type of Storytelling Therapy,"
Regarding my experience with
Storytelling and Videoconferencing --
Links to recordings of 20 videoconferences
I have co-facilitated over the past 20 years
(Item 22 on this webpage is a link to a
recording of part of the Opening Session
of the Feb-May 2020 edition of this Course.)
In 2017, I guest-edited "Ways Storytellers
are Using Audio- and Videoconferencing
for Training, Discussion, and Performance" --
a 12-page section of the USA National
Storytelling Network's Storytelling Magazine.
This section is at
I have earned an MSc in Psychology from the
University of Madras., and have also completed
a one-year course on "Psychological Counselling"
given by Chennai Counsellors' Foundation
I am on staff as Psychological Counsellor at
at Apollo Hospitals (Apollo Clinic, T Nagar, Chennai),
The group Course is described further here.
Please let me know if you might have any
questions relating to the one-on-one training
that is currently (March 2021) being offerred
instead of the Course.
Dr Eric Miller
(PhD in Folklore, MSc in Psychology)
India mobile: 98403 94282
World Storytelling Institute,
Chennai Storytelling Festival,
Storytelling Therapy Association of India --
Virtual Storytelling Conference (16-17 May 2020),
East West Center for Counselling and Training,
Indian Institute of Psychodrama --
Indian Storytelling Network --