Akeiko Rawn, MNTCW, RCC
Narrative Therapist & Consultant
My work is informed by a narrative framework. I respect you as the expert of your own life. While separating the problem ( shame, anger, hopelessness) from the person (you) a multiplicity of stories begins to emerge.
When working alongside children and youth, we explore ways to outsmart the tactics of anxiety and promote unique and untold skills in respectful and outside the box ways. We journey beyond surviving and develop new kinds of living, thickening preferred identities.
Together we explore alternatives and take problems to task, through play, therapeutic letters and with the help of humour and creativity. Sessions are filled with curious questions that lead to never before had conversations.
AFU, RCC & CVAP Approved
Divergent not Disordered
"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly"
~ Morticia Addams
“By sharing the stories of their lives, they discovered that many of the challenges they face daily are not “symptoms” of their autism, but hardships imposed by a society that refuses to make basic accommodations ..."
~ Steve Silberman
IEP Meetings, Recommendations
“When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become ‘normal’ in order to contribute to the world. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging.”
When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
~ Alexander Den Heijer
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you"
~ Maya Angelou
"Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger"
~ Barbara Wingard
Coaching & Transcript Review
We rise by lifting others.
"There is no such thing as perfection, originality is a beautiful thing"
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Acceptance: Labels are understood from a variety of perspectives from pride to shame. Acceptance is embracing the "both and". How we understand ourselves is highly impacted by how others tell the story about us. Together we re-story the “who am I?” question.
Relational: Key - you decide if it's a good fit between us. The therapeutic relationship works to respect the values, hopes and what you find important in order to re-positioning the problem.
Co-Constructed: Some of you may have heard the quote “Nothing about us, without us”. This quote captures the way in which we work alongside you and your family. We work with your voice, values, and future hopes.
Humanity: All aspects of a person are considered and respect the variety of actions over and within time.We explore multiple ways to enhance quality and meaningfulness in your life.
Experience Near: A collection of actions, feelings, and responses from which we draw upon to co-create meaningful descriptions of your life. There may be many versions of the story and some can invisiblize other experiences that are unique to who you are as a person.
Storied: Understanding the interaction between the environment and the person, having a non-assumptive position when understanding behaviour, actions, responses and intentions.