Grief is universal and unavoidable, yet we live our lives as though it won’t happen to us. Losing a loved one may be your biggest fear, or you may be engulfed and silenced by the pain of it having already happened to you. Either way most of us tend to avoid talking about it, which generally only makes an intolerable situation even more painful. This may be your own experience, or you may be finding this to be true amongst your clients. If, as psychotherapists, we ourselves find grief hard to talk about, how can we help our grieving clients open up about one of the most tumultuous and life changing events they may ever experience?
By the end of the session you will:
- Explore how grief – our own and that of our clients - can be borne, both within and outside a therapy room and discuss resourcing, in the widest possible sense.
- Ground our experience within the context of the various grief theories: Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages, Worden’s 4 tasks, and the more recent Dual Process and Continuing Bonds theories, examining their usefulness, or otherwise. Can theory really help navigate all the ways we attempt to bear the unbearable, express the inexpressible and give voice to the unverbalizable?
This experiential workshop uses a variety of physical and creative exercises and discussions to help you discover how to compassionately open up to tumultuous and life changing losses – those that have happened, and those that you might like to deny will ever happen - and explore the ways in which you might start to approach your feelings around this sensitive subject.
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.
Languages of Loss was published by Yellow Kite on April 2nd, 2020.
This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.
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