Metaphors and Story-telling, for ‘kids’ of all ages

At the end of this Metaphors and Story-telling Master Class you will know how to:

  • script metaphors
  • tell therapeutic stories for children and adults

Humans love stories

Before writing information was in stories taken from settlement to settlement. These stories being retold down the generations. Our brains are hard wired to love stories. They are hard wired to hold onto information from them. So; we are hard wired to learn new things from them.

Metaphors and story-telling CPD workshop

We create new neural pathways or strengthen existing ones when we listen to stories.

Have you noticed that when you meet someone you ask them about their life – you want to know their story.

You then base a heck of a lot of what you think about them on that story.

Someone has some news to tell you. They say things like; “I’ve got to tell you the next chapter in the story about so-and-so’s affair”. They could say “I’ve heard this story going around about…”

We like stories and we love retelling them.

We enjoy watching TV programmes, films, stage shows, or reading books and magazines. These are all stories – soap operas keep us watching for years! We are hooked on metaphors and story-telling

We may even create our own ‘back story’ for a character.

Metaphors and story-telling  are fundamental to our life and making changes to it. Most hypnotherapists, counsellors, coaches and psychotherapists have no idea how fundamental .

So if you are one of the people listed below you should consider getting on this course.

This course is ideal for:

  • All people who expect that if someone talks about their problem they will deal with it. Or work out some plan to deal with it – more-or-less on their own
  • All people who sit with a client and analyse a problem instead of changing it
  • Those who talk about it forever and only reinforce the negative neural network. Instead of weakening it and concentrating on replacing it

Stories light up peoples’ brains, they get neural pathways and networks working together.  They become ready to accept new ideas and changes.

You will leave with a lot of ready to use example scripts across a range of topics, issues and problems. These are in the Master Class outline below.

The course content is for non-adults.  But all the concepts and scripts can are easily modified for adult use.

This course is detailed and helps therapists who like to follow scripts that are ready to use. (These can be a basis for writing your own).

This is an intensive workshop that provides a great deal of specific knowledge.

Metaphors and story-telling Master Class Outline:

Day 1

Throughout this unit there is a series of exercises to complete. There are others to do in your own time after the Masterclass. These are to increase your knowledge and confidence.

Introduction to metaphors

A therapist can use metaphor to:

  • Invite the listener to view the world in new ways
  • Enable learning new knowledge
  • Guide thinking and behaviour towards a positive outlook
  • Invite active participation in their own change-work
  • Bypass self defeating beliefs to allow change to happen


Metaphor Delivery


In an indirect metaphor the client hears a story unfold and listens as the metaphor develops. At most the client may mentally walk through the situation described in the metaphor. Or watch or listen as something happens.


In a direct metaphor the client is the main protagonist. They take an active role in dealing with the metaphor environment. The client may push down walls or climb over mountains or stamp out fires, etc.

Examples of Metaphor Types

  • Revelation Metaphors
  • Idyll Metaphors
  • Control Metaphors
  • Action Metaphors
  • Reframe Metaphors
  • Fantasy Metaphors
  • Anthropomorphic Metaphors
  • Introspection Metaphors
  • Equivalence Metaphors
  • Multi-level Metaphors

The Magic of Metaphor

  • Why tell healing and teaching stories to children, adolescents and adults?
  • A brief history of teaching tales
  • How stories inform, educate, teach values, discipline, build experience, help problem-solving, change and healing
  • When not to speak in stories


Guidelines for Effective Storytelling

  • Ten guidelines for effective storytelling
  • Six guidelines for the storyteller’s voice


Tools and Techniques

  • Books as a source of healing stories
  • Drama as a source of healing stories
  • Videos or DVDs as a source of healing stories: video-therapy
  • Puppets, dolls, and toys as metaphor
  • Play as metaphor
  • Humour as metaphor
  • Experiential metaphors
  • Child-generated metaphors
  • Collaborative tales,
  • To discuss or not to discuss?

Types of Metaphors for Kids of all Ages 

  • Enriching learning
  • Caring for yourself
  • Changing patterns of behaviour
  • Managing relationships
  • Managing emotions
  • Creating helpful thoughts
  • Developing life skills
  • Building problem-solving skills
  • Managing life’s challenging times
  • Using peoples’ own healing stories


How to Plan and Present Healing Stories?

  • Effective use metaphors – How to
  • Where do I get the ideas for healing stories?
  • How do I plan and present healing stories?


Teaching parents and others to use healing stories


Our training facility in Dartford

Study Hours:

7 hours of face-to-face training. The course is a ‘long day’ 9.30am – 5.30pm

Number of places: 12


2016 MfC:  January 21   July 8   October 22

Metaphor and Story Telling  only £49

Call 01322 401388 today to book your place on this exciting workshop


Course Validation by ACCPH

Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy has undergone a quality check to ensure that they and the courses/programmes offered, meet specific quality criteria as required by ACCPH. The learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. The course itself has been created by Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy to meet the specific requirements of their students and those of ACCPH.  

ACCPHs’ validation involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by their inspectors to ensure the minimum quality is met at all times.  A regular review of Cressingham College of Hypnotherapy and their courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. 


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