Paul Browde

Psychiatrist, teaching faculty in the Department of Narrative Medicine, Columbia University

Paul Browde is a psychiatrist and teaching faculty in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. The ethical stance of Narrative therapy shapes his clinical work. He works with both individuals and couples exploring the relational space and the reciprocal relationship between listening and telling.

Paul is co-creator and performer of Two Men Talking, a live, unscripted personal storytelling performance that began as deeply personal research, through storytelling, of identity, friendship, mortality and forgiveness. Paul has performed Two Men Talking hundreds of times internationally, including at the Edinburgh Festival, in major theaters in South Africa, on the West End of London and Off Broadway. A TEDx talk entitled “The Power of Two” explores the methodology that informs the performance of Two Men Talking and Paul’s clinical work.

As co-founder of Narativ, a storytelling company, he has worked closely with the Open Society Foundations, teaching advocacy through personal storytelling. In this effort, he has worked with sex workers, people with intellectual disabilities, recipients of oral substitution therapy, Roma doctors and AIDS activists from countries including Croatia, Moldova, Ukraine, Macedonia, Lithuania, and several countries in Central and Southern Africa.


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Saturday, March 14, 2015
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language… read more »

Art and Science: The Two Cultures Converging

December 1-3, 2017

Past Event

Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the… read more »