The Cape Town Narrative Co-op

The Cape Town Narrative Co-op was founded in April 2013 by Cape Town Narrative practitioners Linda van Duuren and Dr Thérèse Hulme. We have both dedicated a large part of our Narrative careers to teaching Narrative ideas and practices to people working in communities such as NPO’s, schools and youth care facilities. Our intention through our Narrative Co-op training is to bring Narrative Therapy ideas into the everyday.

We are particularly interested in supporting and strengthening the spirit of possibility in the daily practices of people who, through their involvement in communities (as above), hope to have a therapeutic effect on the lives of others. Our workshops are designed specifically for lay-counsellors; people who have not had training in professional therapeutic disciplines.

We offer the following workshops on request:

Narrative Practice: an introduction

This two-day workshop introduces people to the Narrative stance and its key themes. The workshop will integrate examples that are relevant (experience-near) to your own working context.

Active Witnessing

This one-day workshop demonstrates how the way you listen can change the story, and the effects of the story being told…and how the way you listen can change the life lived beyond that storytelling. The workshop is suited to people wanting to contribute to the development of hopeful narratives in their daily dealings with others and in the course of their everyday interactions.

Story Harvesting

This two-day workshop focuses on introducing people working for NPO’s to Narrative Practice and Active Witnessing. The workshop also aims to build Monitoring & Evaluation capacity amongst people working for NPO’s.  Our own experience in this sector teaches us that there are often rich and meaningful stories hidden in the ordinary details of people’s NPO working lives. This workshop also invites a strong ‘Caring for the Carer’ focus.

Creative writing as a therapeutic resource for adults working with children & young people

For over a decade, we have engaged in creative ways of working with children and young people in community, school and private practice settings. We are now sharing our experiences of story writing, bookmaking, poetry and songwriting as therapeutic resources for adults working with children and young people. This one-day workshop is packed with examples of our work.


A post-introduction workshop aimed at equipping people working with children and young people in contexts of trauma.  (This workshop requires previous attendance of an Introduction to Narrative Practice).

thereseDr Thérèse Hulme

Consultant & Narrative Practitioner

Cape Town Narrative Co-op

cell: 0834504606


Academic qualifications:

BA Drama (UP); BA Hons (UP)(cum laude); MTh (UNISA) (cum laude); DTh (UNISA)

Personal description

For the past fourteen years I have worked as an independent narrative practitioner in private practice and as a counselor, researcher, poet, trainer, coach, community worker and narrative practitioner in various organisational settings in the Western Cape. Through Narrative therapy I have been engaged in the co-authoring of preferred stories with people.

I am particularly drawn to working in marginalised social settings with children and young people, and to supporting and training their teachers and carers. In 2010, I completed a doctoral degree in Pastoral Therapy with specialization in Narrative Therapy, based on Narrative practices in a school community. 

My work with and for NPO’s (I’ve worked for three years as Research and Development Co-ordinator for a Cape Town Non-Profit Organisation) has shaped my understanding of this sector.

Since 2013, I have also been actively involved as trainer and coach for The Institute for Transdisciplinary Development (ITD) in their Radical Respectful Relationship Project at a Mine and Smelter in the Western Cape.

lindaLinda van Duuren

Consultant & Narrative Practitioner

Cape Town Narrative Co-op

cell: 0845552346

Academic qualifications:

B Prim Ed (UCT); DSE Remedial (UCT))(cum laude); PG Dip Ed (UCT); MTh (UNISA) (cum laude)

Personal description

In 2002 I completed a master’s degree in Pastoral Therapy with a specialization in Narrative Therapy. My earlier career years were dedicated to teaching in both formal and informal educational settings (including early childhood, primary, secondary, specialized, as well as adult education). Once qualified in Narrative ways, there was a natural movement of my interest towards taking these ideas and practices back to the educational settings I knew so well. I have focused on the application and development of Narrative Practice in a variety of contexts over the past 14 years.

I am based at the Cape Town Narrative Co-op in Mowbray, Cape Town, where I consult as a Narrative Practitioner with children, families, schools, non-profit and small business organizations in the areas of personal and organizational development and transformation.

Current Narrative focus: Apart from individual counseling with children and adults, I am living out my dream of bringing Narrative ideas and practices into the everyday lives of teachers, parents, and others living and/or working with children… through Narrative coaching, teaching and training. I also consult to some small business leaders, offering a Narrative perspective to organizational health, conversation and change.