navigating our stories

narrative therapy, community care, collective action

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Our stories, ourselves.

What is the story of your life, and of yourself within your life?

What are your skills, values, and insider knowledges?

How have you stayed connected to your own strong stories?

Our stories shape how we see ourselves and the world around us, and can connect us to our own actions and choices in responding to the problems in our lives.

Narrative therapy is all about our stories – the ones we tell ourselves, and the ones we’ve been told; the ones we tell about other people, and the ones they tell about us. It’s about understanding where those stories come from, who they serve, and deciding whether we still want to give those stories weight in our lives. And it’s about reauthoring our stories, and strengthening our connections to legacies and histories of responding to hardship with skill and resilience.

A narrative conversation, either in a group setting or individually, can help us tell our stories in ways that honour our skills, values, knowledges and actions. For many marginalized communities, these skills, values, insider knowledges, and actions have been devalued and dismissed.

You already are the protagonist and the narrator of your own story, the expert in your own experience – nobody can give you that power, and nobody can take it away. But sometimes we lose connection to our deep self-storying abilities, and narrative therapy can help us get back in touch with that knowledge.

Narrative Therapy

Coaching

In 2018, I completed the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work degree at the Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne, and I am excited to offer narrative therapy to people in Calgary and online. We can work together one-on-one, or in a group setting. My facilitation style is collaborative and flexible – we can co-create a plan that will help you navigate, understand, and re-author your story in a way that feels right for you.

Self-Care Resources

Are you looking for immediate and accessible help? You’ll find resources here. This category will be growing over the next year as I complete projects. These free resources are made possible by my patrons on Patreon and I appreciate it so much.

Writing in the Margins Workshops

Writing in the Margins has been on hiatus while I completed my Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work degree at the Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne. Now that I’ve completed this degree, watch this space for a new writing group launching in September, 2019!

Editing

Have you written something amazing? I can edit your fiction, creative non-fiction, academic paper, dissertation, or book. I bring a gentle and insightful editing voice, and a keen eye for detail. I read for grammar and style, of course, but what I’m best at is reading for intersectionality, accessibility, and queer and feminist politics.

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2 months ago

Tiffany Sostar

Last month, in the week after Father's Day, I had a couple of really tough days.

In the middle of the worst of it, when I couldn't get my body to calm, and my chest hurt and my head hurt and I couldn't catch my breath, I came to facebook and posted. I said, 'Alright pals, I had some Hard Emotions and now my chest hurts and my head hurts and I can't make it stop. Hit me with your best tools for soothing that inner "something is hurting me and I can't make it stop" thing.'

This post is full of the tools my community shared. Maybe it will help you, too.

tiffanysostar.com/tools-for-hard-emotions/
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Last month, in the week after Fathers Day, I had a couple of really tough days. 

In the middle of the worst of it, when I couldnt get my body to calm, and my chest hurt and my head hurt and I couldnt catch my breath, I came to facebook and posted. I said, Alright pals, I had some Hard Emotions and now my chest hurts and my head hurts and I cant make it stop. Hit me with your best tools for soothing that inner something is hurting me and I cant make it stop thing.

This post is full of the tools my community shared. Maybe it will help you, too. 

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2 months ago

Tiffany Sostar

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3 months ago

Tiffany Sostar

Re-sharing now that the free course is available. Link in the post. I know next weekend will be tough for lots of us. We're not alone. Whether it's grief, disconnection, or distance that's making it hard, I hope there's some comfort available. Much love, friends. And if you want to set up a narrative conversation to talk about it, let me know. <3The course I designed last year for folks having a hard time with Father's Day is available for free this year.

Find the entire course, including a link to the original videos, here - docs.google.com/document/d/13_V4PHq4AEgbQY_WVw4EC3JY3XnKhloVcRyybADWH4I/edit?usp=sharing
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Re-sharing now that the free course is available. Link in the post. I know next weekend will be tough for lots of us. Were not alone. Whether its grief, disconnection, or distance thats making it hard, I hope theres some comfort available. Much love, friends. And if you want to set up a narrative conversation to talk about it, let me know.
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