Narrative therapy is based on the notion that we generate stories in an effort to make sense of our lives and the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Many of the problematic stories that we hold about our lives and ourselves are shaped by the stories that are current in the wider social contexts in which we live. Through employing a linguistic practice called externalization, the narrative therapist separates the person from the problem and invites the person to investigate the problem and its effects. This practice relieves the person of the pressure of blame and defensiveness involved in being described as a being a problem and opens up an opportunity of having a relationship with the externalized problem. In this way, opportunities are created for the rediscovering of knowledges and skills that the person has overlooked in the face of the often overwhelming pressure of the problem-saturated story that brings them to therapy. Through conversations about these more hopeful parts of their lives, new meanings are shaped and new life options become available to people.