What is map and talk? 

  • It is an interactive method of putting key words spontaneously on paper between us to keep track of our conversations and stories as we talk.   

  • It helps us guide, shape and review what we are saying and where the conversation is taking us.   

  • The process enhances the experience of talking and is an aid to therapy, reflective practice and any form of serious discussion. 

  • The focus of map and talk can be on the words we are using, the patterns of interaction emerging in the story and the links we are making.   

  • It can be used  therapeutically, educationally, organisationally, politically and conversationally whether with individuals or in groups.

  • It helps us talk more openly especially when talking about difficult ideas, complex situations and mixed feelings.  

  • Mapping helps us see patterns in our ways of relating and in the stories we share. 

  • The method of mapping develops relational awareness and draws upon ideas from Cognitive Analytic Therapy

  • It helps make different points of view visible and negotiable

  • It is widely used as aid to therapy, team discussion and reflective practice 

  • It turns conversation into a more tangible and tactile activity, working co-creatively side by side.  

  • The grid explains the idea of relational awareness as the quality that is enabled by mapping as we talk and therapy with a map. 

  • The grid combines three qualities of relational awareness against three dimensions in a grid of nine items 

  • Sit together with pen and paper between you  

  • Agree to use the words on paper as something that will help you listen.   

  • Write down key words that resonate with the flow of the conversation or give shape and meaning to the story.

  • Use the words on paper to go back over the 'story so far' and deepen and widen your conversation and your understanding. 

  • Dont expect to make a tidy map.

  • Use the mapping process to help get into the conversation without getting lost or put on the spot

  • Watch the hand drawn videos that show the process of mapping in action. 

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Besides the book Therapy with a Map and the blog there is also:

  • the grid (explore relational awareness - its qualities and dimensions),

  • a small collection of past articles (download the PDFs)

  • a pilot measure of relational awareness (RAM) supported by an international research group

  • webinars and workshop events

  • hand drawn videos that show how to enter into the process of mapping and talking whether for therapy, reflective practice or just having a good talk.  

This integrative and relational approach to psychotherapy and mental health is a central influence on the ideas, values and methods on the map and talk website, the Therapy with a Map book and all the various contributions.