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WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022 (Nov)

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Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm

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

This unique reading group is now entering its 17th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

Although many participants have been trainees and practising counsellors or psychotherapists, everyone is welcome to attend. If you are thinking of attending for the first time or have enjoyed one of the previous sessions, why not tell a friend and encourage them to come along too. Please read the book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 26th November 2021

A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates

Led by Author Sasha Bates

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.

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All are welcome to attend this event.  

Reading Group Leader

Sasha Bates is a psychotherapist, journalist and former documentary filmmaker. After eighteen years in the TV industry she left television behind and re-trained as an integrative psychotherapist at The Minster Centre. After stints working in the NHS and in higher education, she started up in private practice where she gained a reputation as an embodied therapist, earlier trainings in yoga teaching and in ‘trauma sensitive yoga’ having given her a good understanding of the mind body connection. She used this knowledge to write and teach CPD various workshops on the subjects of yoga, trauma and self-care. 

When her husband, Bill, died unexpectedly at just 56, Sasha turned back to writing as an outlet for the unbearable emotions she was experiencing. At the same time, she took refuge in re-engaging with the academic therapeutic theories around grief, using them as a way to help her cognitively make sense of what she was feeling. This dual approach eventually led to her book – Languages of Loss – a raw and frank ‘conversation’ between her grieving self and her therapist self.  

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Organiser WPF Therapy

Organiser of WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022 (Nov)

WPF Therapy is an established registered charity that has been training counsellors and psychotherapists, from foundation level to post-qualification, for almost 50 years. In addition to the training we run a therapy service that offers a range of different therapies.

Based at London Bridge, WPF Therapy provides training for approximately 1000 people each year and sees more than 400 clients each week in our Clinical Service.

We are proud of our reputation for high standards and have active membership of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Our Clinical Service is accredited by BACP and our graduates are registered with BPC and UKCP, in addition to being eligible for BACP accreditation

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