Professionals supporting women through  the menopause
half day or evening course for therapists and other caring professionals supporting women going through menopause

"If the beginning of reproductive life is recognised as crucial, and if the fruits of reproductive life are celebrated, how can the ending of it not have a deep meaning?"  Mankowitz 1984

Informed by the research on women's experience of the menopause, carried out by Paula Maddison for her MA in Psychotherapy, this short workshop is intended to provide you with information about this little-discussed aspect of a woman's life.  Women's responses to menopause can be influenced by powerful societal messages about the roles of older women and the negative view of menopause and menopausal women.  During this workshop you will have the opportunity to think through your own views and knowledge about menopause and reflect on new information and ideas, which you will then be able to share with those you are supporting.

This workshop is designed to help you work more effectively with women between the ages of 45 - 55 years (or younger if they are experiencing early menopause) and be able to present them with an alternative narrative to the often highly negative societal view.

Who is the course for?

This course is for any professional (therapist, health care professional, coach, wellness practitioner, alternative therapy practitioner etc), of any gender who is engaged in supporting women through the menopausal transition.

What are the practical details?

.We are planning courses in Oxford and London later in 2020

Please register your interest by sending us details on the 'Book Here' button.

What will the course cover?

The course is a mix of information about women's experience of the physiological and psychological impacts of menopause and exercises in exploring your own thoughts and feelings around this subject.

We will cover:

  • Shifting embodiment during the menopausal transition

  • Societal views of menopausal women and the expectation of 'silence'

  • Changes to libido, fertility and perceived physical attractiveness and how a woman might experience this as a loss

  • Menopause as the harbinger of death

  • The potential for change in family/societal roles and for new ways of being for menopausal women

  • More empowering, alternative narratives for the lives of older women

  • How we can best support women's transition through the menopause

  • Signposting to further sources of support