Are you just starting to offer readings to clients, or would you like to add another tool to your readings toolbox? Perhaps you’ve heard the term “therapeutic metaphor,” which is often associated with the work of the psychologist Milton Erickson. Storytelling is an art that could be 500,000 years old, if it began with the Neanderthals, or perhaps 80,000 – 100,000 years old if it began with H. sapiens. Mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, some of our oldest forms of storytelling, contain nuggets of psychological wisdom from the collective unconscious and probably number among the oldest forms of therapeutic metaphor. Those ancient tales share some structural features with the work of modern master storytellers such as Stephen King, √örsula K. LeGuin, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, and your favorite novelists.