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The stories we live by

The Stories We Live By

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The stories we live by is an intervention that combines life review with narrative therapy. The intervention addresses depressive symptoms as well as feelings of well-being in middle-aged and older people. The method was first developed as a face-to-face group intervention. Later, an online-guided self-help course was developed and tested that also showed effects on depressive symptoms and well-being. The most recent version is an internet version that includes either online guidance by a counselor or a group-based form where participants guide each other. The product consists of a training for professionals as well as a self-help book for clients.



Contact: Gerben Westerhof

Funding: ZonMW

Partners: Fourteen Dutch mental health institutes

Published by: Boom

Evidence based intervention: Vilans database

Recent scientific publication:

Westerhof, G. J., & Slatman, S. (2019). In search of the best evidence for life review therapy to reduce depressive symptoms in older adults: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, e12301. Link