The stories we live by

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 first study was carried out with a grant from ZonMw in cooperation with fourteen mental health institutes in the Netherlands.

The intervention is rated with good indications for effectivity at the Centre for Healthy Living.