Everyday people living in South Africa experience trauma, either first hand through accidents,
crime, violence and abuse or through being witnesses to the traumatic event. This results in
people in South Africa suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and other severe mental health issues. One only has to read a newspaper, watch or
listen to the news to get a glimpse of the landscape of trauma in our country. In this article
I looked at using narrative ideas and metaphor in therapy with trauma and family therapy.
This article is a result of a MA dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Julian Müller, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.