starts with YOU


I am Karien Earle, a registered

Narrative Therapist, living and working

in the beautiful city of Cape Town,

South Africa.

Let me fall if I must. The one I will

become will catch me - Ba'al Shem Tov

I have always had an interest in people.

What they choose, and how they

respond to their life experiences,

invariably draws my attention.

I am currently completing a

PhD, specialising in trauma, and the healing thereof.

Mind cannot be split from body                                - Socrates

I love starting my day with a crisp swim in the ocean or by submersing myself in one of the many tidal pools along the Atlantic Seaboard. This is usually my time for connecting with creation. I use these inspiring moments for meditation, reflection and breath-work, to re-establish the bond between mind-body-spirit.

I invite my clients on a rediscovery of the unshakeable unity of mind and body; the psyche of life-experience and soma. If the body feels safe, the mind is safe. In turn, if the mind is present and aware, the body heals.


Stories shape who we are and influence the steps we take in life. Narrative therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach based on the notion that we generate stories through which we make sense and meaning of our lives and our circumstances.

Many of the problematic stories that we hold about our life and our identity are influenced and shaped by dominant cultural and social discourses that influence how we interpret ourselves within the world.

Narrative therapy seeks to expose and challenge these discourses and help clients identify their unique values and skills. It provides them with knowledge of their ability to live their values in such a way as to effectively confront current and future problems.

It is a collaborative and non-pathologising approach to therapeutic work, while clients are centred as the experts of their own lives. The narrative therapist joins the person that consults with them in considering the influence of their assumed beliefs in the broader context of their lives. This involves listening for clues to knowledge and skills that run counter to their problem-story. Through rich engagement with and conversations about these more hopeful parts of their lives, new meanings are shaped and new life options are revealed and become accessible to people.

Narrative practitioners collaborate creatively
and emotionally with their clients.

Within a narrative framework, people’s lives and identities are seen as multi-storied versus single-storied. The focus is not on ‘experts’ pathologising problems - the focus is on people co-discovering, through conversations, the hopeful, preferred, and previously unrecognised and hidden possibilities that are contained within themselves. To this end, narrative practitioners collaborate creatively and emotionally with their clients, uniting with them in re-authoring a new and more preferred narrative about themselves.

The truth will set you free - Jesus

We are neurobiologically hard-wired for belonging, attachment, and connection. When we experience events that deprive us of these vital connections in life, our brains hide the experience from us because it is so intolerable. Comprehending the full impact of the event would be detrimental to us and counterproductive for our survival. Yet, despite our minds disguising trauma-stories from us, our bodies will always keep score and eventually manifest the trauma.

Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts.

Narrative therapy gleans from neuroplasticity

that it is always possible

to develop new stories

This is why the long-term effects of trauma include not only unpredictable emotions, addictions, and strained relationships, but also physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia, chronic pain, and even life-threatening diseases.

We assume that trauma events are only the acutely distressing incidents in life, like fatal accidents, rape, a sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one, or a natural disaster. This is untrue.

Trauma includes everyday life events that are experienced at any personal level, such as; the forced disconnection caused by the COVID pandemic, early childhood trauma, the loss of a pet, divorce, financial loss, a sudden change in circumstance or a relationship breakup.

These trauma events are not inherently life-threatening, but are rather ego- or mindset-threatening, and they exceed our capacity to cope, causing the disruption of our emotional functioning.

In my trauma therapy, I guide my clients through the storying of their experience, helping them to note all actions that were taken, or not taken, by them, and how these actions support their values.

Narrative therapy gleans from neuroplasticity that it is always possible to develop new pathways in the brain, and thus the possibility to develop new stories.

When we continuously hover around the event of freedom from the dominant problem story or unpack the particular response to trauma, we create a platform for rich story development, which forms part of the liberating re-authoring process.

Touch is always true - Aristotle

Feel free to reach out.

I look forward to

hearing your story.

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