Paul Gallant, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT



For over 30 years, Paul has been practicing therapy in family service agencies, residential programs, psychiatric units, and in university settings, where doctoral and masters students receive supervision and training in family therapy. He is passionate about applying ideas and practices from Narrative Therapy to his clinical work.

He has written numerous articles and book chapters about his work with people who have been challenged by habits of self-harm, those whose identities have been affected by trauma and abuse, couples whose relationships have been threatened by conflict, and young people whose lives are governed by hopelessness.

Paul has presented nationally and internationally and shares his extensive clinical experiences through video and live demonstration providing opportunities for workshop participants to engage in skill practice in Narrative Therapy.

Specialty: Individuals, Couples, Families

Virginia Maxfield, LMSW



Virginia is a consultant and artist who encourages a child’s natural interests and creative abilities in her work with children and adolescents. She believes that all children have skills and abilities that can be accessed to stand up to the problems that come into their lives and sees art as a way for children to explore, and express themselves.

As a former art teacher, she worked with children in public and private schools, and adults in workshop settings. Some of her past projects focused on heroes for children, role models for young girls, and celebrating community history. Her study of the ideas of Narrative Therapy led her to try out new ways of working with students in the classroom and in consulting.

She has Masters degrees in Education, and in Social Work, and received certification as a Narrative Therapy Consultant.

She is presently working towards licensure as an LCSW.

Specialty: Children and Adults

As a married couple, Paul and Virginia have been working together since 2005 when they developed The Narrative Therapy Institute to promote narrative therapy ideas and practices. .