Trying to write a postmodern text
M y own private voyage continued after I left Australia but the next lap of my travels was of a different nature. By this time I felt that I was somewhere near the mouth of the river, and I got out to visit a family in a village, so to speak, on the edge of the delta. The story of that family, "Tekka With Feathers", was composed by myself and Judith Davis in collaboration with the family in 1992. It represents an effort to demolish the idea of the case history as a text. The authors are not authors, the narrative is not a narrative, and the story will never have an end. Read on and you will see for yourself what happens when one takes one's theories seriously in writing up a case.
"Tekka With Feathers" is one of the chapters in Steven Friedman's 1993 book, The New Language of Change: Constructive Collaboration in Psychotherapy. Tekka was a twenty-year-old college student who had just come out of hospital. She and her mother and stepfather wanted help in getting her off medication and planning what to do next. Judy Davis was the interviewer for the four family sessions, and I was on a reflecting team for the last two, together with Brian Lewis and Bill Lax. We were all consciously trying to explore a collaborative approach.