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Dahlia Elsayed Some Heavy Indulgences 2009 *

Used with permission of the artist.

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Adelaide Narrative Therapy is a nimble affiliation of experienced practitioners engaged in work with persons, couples, families and communities in a wide variety of settings. We share years of interest in practising and sharing what has come to be called Narrative Therapy. You can find out more about each of us in facilitator biographies attached to each workshop.


All of us have been influenced deeply by the work of Michael White (see box on this page), and the teaching of Maggie Carey, Shona Russell and Rob Hall of Narrative Practices Adelaide.

Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective is currently coordinated by Terry Callahan.

Michael White, together with David Epston developed and extended Narrative ideas and practices over several decades. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends was published in 1990 and Maps of Narrative Practice in 2007.



Terry Callahan is a narrative practitioner of twenty years experience in community settings and private practice. He provides general counselling and has a particular interest in working with men, their partners and children around concerns with family violence and abuse. Counselling is also available for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Medicare Rebates are available with a GP Mental Health Care Plan.

Terry is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW).

For inquiries with regard to counselling please call NADA on 8340 2240




Adelaide Narrative Counseling and Teaching offers  support to individual practitioners and agencies who are wanting to pursue ongoing reflection on their work through a narrative lens.  When interest permits, we also offer small group supervision.

Supervision can be provided on site, via Skype or at Adelaide Narrative Counselling and Teaching offices at NADA, Hindmarsh

If you would like to discuss supervision, please

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DAHLIA ELSAYED I use painting, installation and sculpture to make fictional landscapes that refer to east/west marginality in pictorial spaces that are simultaneously flat and real. My work is based on pairing diasporan narrative with a terra firma, connecting internal and external sense of place and creating myth pictures for placelessness. These allegorical landscapes use a symbolic vocabulary rooted in cartography, comics and cosmology to make visual narratives that tell unreliable oral histories and anticipate alternate futures. My interest in these themes stems from my own experience of displacement over multiple generations of my family. These involuntary movements from continent to continent, with little belongings but much in story, have formed the way I think about place and lore. I make work to connect the material and concrete to the ephemeral shapes of a personal geography.

Dahlia Elsayed is an artist and writer who makes text and image based work that synthesizes an internal and external experience of place, connecting the ephemeral to the concrete. She writes short fictions for created landscapes that take the form of narrative paintings, print and installation. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, Robert Miller Gallery, BravinLee Programs, The New Jersey State Museum and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of the Newark Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, the US Department of State, amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, the MacDowell Colony, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Ms. Elsayed is  Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, NY.