2018 VSNT Faculty



Rosa Elena Arteaga

Rosa Elena Arteaga (Canada/Mexico)

Rosa has thousands of therapy hours providing support to girls and women who experience gendered violence. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada and a Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. Rosa has developed an innovative narrative/social justice inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages, and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma. Her local, national and international workshops take the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and transcripts.

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Lorraine specializes in working with people who are dying and families after a loved one has died. She is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino, VSNT faculty member and author of The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss (Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement).



Stephen Madigan (Canada)

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist and best selling author of Narrative Therapy – theory and practice. He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, TCTV.live, and consultant supervisor of Norway’s National Couple Conflict Team. During 2017, Stephen taught narrative therapy workshops on working with conflicted couple relationships on 5 different continents. His newest book on Narrative Therapy will be published by the APA in March 2019.


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David Marsten (USA) 

David is the Director of Miracle Mile Community Practice, VSNT faculty
member and has practiced narrative therapy with young people and their families for over 25
years. He presents narrative workshops internationally, co-authored the book Narrative
Therapy in Wonderland (2017) and teaches this workshop through videos, unaltered
transcripts and live demonstration.


Aaron Munro

Aaron Munro (Canada)

Aaron is a queer/trans activist and community worker in Vancouver BC. He has worked with the homeless and shelter folk population of the DTES for over seven years. He is currently employed at RainCity Housing in a community development role and strongly believes in community-identified solutions to community-identified issues.


David Nylund (USA) 

David is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, Clinical Director of the Gender Health Clinic, and Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. He conducts ongoing narrative workshops for mental health professionals worldwide and has published over 50 articles and two books on Narrative Therapy including: Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD, and Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents.




Dennis Dion (Canada)

Dennis Dion has an MA in Counselling Psychology and is a longtime contributing member to Vancouver’s vibrant narrative therapy community.  A primary focus of his clinical work is supporting individuals and families struggling in relationships with substance use and gambling. Dennis has private practice offices in Vancouver and the North Shore where he offers narrative therapy counselling and supervision.



Christine Dennstedt (Canada)

Christine Dennstedt, lives (and skins!) in Whistler, Canada and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and completed her PhD narrative therapy dissertation for the Taos/Tilburg program on the subject of: Substance Misuse and Disordered Eating Practices. Christine works as  a narrative therapist, instructor and supervisor working in a broad-spectrum private practice, and is currently acting as the supervisor/consultant with a therapist team working with street youth.




Akeiko Rawn (Canada)  MNTCW,

Akeiko is a narrative therapist specializing in neurodiverse youth and trauma. Working in private practice at Arches Counselling in the heart of White Rock, BC. Her work includes advocacy, consulting and teaching with various nonprofits, agencies, and schools. Currently, she is developing new innovations within her practice.





Alison Rice (Canada)

Allison is a veteran narrative therapist, Family Divorce Coach and Mediator. Allison’s focus offers families dignity and respect in the face of their most troubling times. She and her longtime colleague, Dennis Dion, facilitate narrative therapeutic groups, workshops and family sessions for people impacted by problem gambling. She has competed in badminton on the international level and is a street performer playing with her violin on stilts!





Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman (USA) 

Jeffrey L. Zimmerman, PhD, has been a major thinker, teacher and writer in the field of Narrative Therapy for over 25 years. He is the co-author of ‘If Problems Talked’ and the director and co-founder of Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates (BAFTTA) in San Francisco, California. Jeff maintains a private practice where he sees children, youth, adults, couples, and families.

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