You probably saw the salacious headlines about the infamous break-up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2016. I wrote this article for “The Fix,” an online news source about addiction and recovery, on how narrative psychotherapy could potentially help Angelina in the wake of her divorce.
A narrative therapist could help Angelina see that being committed to her children was a powerful narrative to embrace. Her fervency could be seen as having its roots in protection. She bravely stood up to protect that which she loved. And she made a number of potentially difficult sacrifices for the welfare of her kids (namely, her marriage), but she also stood for her values and intuition as a mother.
What’s more, maybe Angelina has gone against the societal definition of a so-called “happy family.” According to the People website, Angelina made a statement to Vogue in 2006 about being a single mother when she met Brad. “I think we were the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn’t. I was quite content to be a single mom,” she stated.
Hope you enjoyed the article! Finding other stories we can tell ourselves about ourselves can help us move through difficult struggles. This is just one type of therapy we take pride in providing at Pacific MFT Network.