Talk Menopause was conceived by Paula Maddison and Lizzie Cummings, who are Psychotherapists working in private practice in Oxfordshire. We are passionate about opening up conversations about menopause and giving women opportunities to explore their feelings about being menopausal in this society at this point in time.
Paula is a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist and works with clients in Witney and Oxford. She is also a experienced facilitator of courses and workshops and has recently written up her MA research into women's experience of the menopause. Her research found that many women feel they are losing important aspects of 'self' as part of the menopausal process, as well as feeling that it creates new possibilities and new 'ways of being'.
Carrying out the research has highlighted for Paula how silence about menopause in society is a real issue for many women. This discovery has inspired her to join with Lizzie to set up Talk:Menopause and support other women in exploring their own thoughts and finding their own approach to this significant 'change'. In addition, she wants to work with therapists and other professionals in caring professions to be able to support menopausal women with the complex physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual challenges they can face at this time of life.
Lizzie is a qualified drama and movement therapist (MA) and has worked with groups and individuals of all ages from ages 3-93 in NHS mental health, schools and private practice. Much of her work takes into consideration the connection between body and mind, the causes and effects of what happens when body and mind dis-connect and how to bring them back into heatlhy communion.
One way (although not the only way) to think of the menopause is as a rite of passage into the next stage of life. Lizzie is interested in using relevant stories, myths and movement to explore this transition in a way that encourages women to not only understand what is happening but to embody and feel the meaning of their personal menopausal process. This kind of creative work combined with the sharing of knowledge and conversation with other women can help us to experience the 'change' in a more empowered way.