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WPF Therapy Meet the Author 2021 - 2022

WPF Therapy
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Professional Training
1.5 hours
10 GBP
Full time
Online courses

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Join WPF Therapy Meet the Author monthly events for a time of reflection and conversation. This programme will be delivered online via Zoom. What’s really special is that the authors will join us live, read from their books and take part in our discussion.

Anyone with a love of reading, an interest in considering psychoanalytic perspectives in books and lively discussion is very welcome to come along.

All are welcome to attend this event.

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All are welcome to attend this event.

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Join WPF Therapy 'Meet the Author' monthly events for a time of reflection and conversation. This programme will be delivered online via Zoom. What’s really special is that the authors will join us live, read from their books and take part in our discussion.

Anyone with a love of reading, an interest in considering psychoanalytic perspectives in books and lively discussion is very welcome to come along. We ask only that you read the book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 26th November 2021  7-8.30pm A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

We are delighted that the author Sasha Bates will host this reading group.

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Her first book “Languages of Loss: a psychotherapist’s journey through grief” was published in April 2020. In it, she describes her experience of losing her husband from two perspectives – that of a confused, grieving widow, and that of a psychotherapist truly understanding for the first time what psychotherapeutic theory can offer the bereaved. She explores the usefulness, and otherwise, of some of the grief theories, and looks more broadly at different approaches - psychodynamic, body, transpersonal, attachment and more – investigating how each may be useful when working with one’s own and a client’s grief.

Her latest book “A Grief Companion” was published in June 2021 and was, largely, a response to the many requests she received for a more practical ‘guidebook’ or ‘manual’ that could help people through the early months of grieving. With more people than ever before encountering loss due to the Covid pandemic, A Grief Companion offers reflections and suggestions on how mind, body and spirit can affect, and be affected by, loss of all kinds.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here

Friday 28th January 2022,  7-8.30pm Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen edited by Linda Cundy

Led by Linda Cundy

We are delighted that the editor Linda Cundy will host this reading group.

Where there is food, there is attachment. This book explores relationships with other people, with oneself, and between client and therapist through our connection with food. We comfort, nurture, numb, neglect or attack ourselves through what we consume; food metaphors spice up a therapy session or, more concretely, clients may bring breakfast or edible gifts into the consulting room. Preparing meals and sharing them are therapeutic activities in themselves, helping to bring together couples, groups, and communities. The aim of this book is twofold: to examine the nature of attachment through narratives of feeding, and to enrich psychotherapy practice by encouraging exploration of clients’ food-related memories and associations. Like individual courses of a feast, every chapter has its own distinct flavour, but each author addresses the complex connection between what we eat and how we relate from an attachment perspective.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Friday 25th February 2022,  7-8.30pm, Yoga Saved My Life by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

We are delighted that the author Sasha Bates will host this reading group.

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Sasha's latest book, “Yoga Saved My Life”, will be published in March. In it she explores the parallels between yoga and psychotherapy, investigating how working with the mind body connection can help all manner of presentations such as anxiety, depression, a lack of balance or self awareness, anger management, ingrained, unhelpful internal working models and so much more. It includes personal testimonies from a myriad of yogis who have themselves made the claim that yoga has saved their lives – lives of addiction, suicidality and misery.

Yoga Saved My Life questions how and why yoga is so transformational. It explores what it is that takes it beyond being merely a physical exercise, effectuating deep and lasting changes. It posits the idea that, albeit via a different medium, yoga is doing what therapy does – providing a safe, containing, reflective space in which to access the unconscious, learn about ourselves and find ways to relate to ourselves better. This new relationship with the self can offer ways to work with the automatic habits we do without thinking but which are holding us back, practically and emotionally. The world of psychotherapy has lately been opening itself to the multidisciplinary worlds of neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology and more, and benefiting hugely from this inclusive welcoming of new discoveries. By also looking behind to the ancient Eastern practice of yoga, it can incorporate a similarly broad and integrative approach to help it grow holistically, further benefitting us and our clients.

Friday 25th March 2022,  7-8.30pm ALL THAT WE ARE: Uncovering the hidden truths behind our behaviour at work by Gabriella Braun

Led by Gabriella Braun

We are delighted that the author Gabriella Braun will host this reading group.

Book title: ALL THAT WE ARE: Uncovering the hidden truths behind our behaviour at work by Gabriella Braun

This book will come out from Piatkus, Little Brown, on 3 February 2022. Please note you do not need to read the book before attending this event.

Who do you bring with you to work?

Try as we might, we cannot leave part of ourselves under the pillow with our pyjamas when we go to work. We bring all that we are.

In this collection of stories, Gabriella Braun shares insights from over twenty years of taking psychoanalysis out of the therapy room and into the staff room. She shows us why a board loses the plot, nearly causes their company to collapse, and how they come through. We see the connection between a headteacher’s professional and personal loss. We understand seemingly unfathomable behaviour – why a man lets his organisation push him around, a lawyer becomes paranoid, a team repeatedly creates scapegoats and founders of a literary agency feud.

At a time when we are re-thinking the workplace, All That We Are shows that by taking human nature seriously, we can build more humane organisations where people and their work can thrive.

At this event Gabriella will talk about why she wrote the book and went to a mainstream, rather than academic publisher. She give a reading and there’ll be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Please book your ticket for the March Reading Group via WPF Therapy Eventbrite Page.

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WPF Therapy provides therapy services for more than 400 clients every week at our modern premises near London Bridge. We also provide training and professional courses in counselling and psychotherapy for over 1,000 people every year. We are a charity...


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