Whilst menopause is presented by society as a principally medical issue, my research into psychotherapists’ experience of the menopausal transition for my MA dissertation led me to believe that our profession has a great deal to offer our clients (and ourselves) in providing space to reflect on this important and confusing time in a woman’s life.
My intention in this workshop is to provide information about menopause, as well as a framework for you to be able to support female clients who are going through menopause. Part of the workshop will involve a discussion on the principal menopausal physiological symptoms and where to signpost women for further support. We will also consider ideas on supporting women to think and feel about their symptoms and the fact that their bodies are changing. We will go on to consider the concept of menopause as a transition from one state of being to another and how we can offer women an opportunity to grieve for losses and celebrate gains during the menopausal transition. Finally, we will consider how we can offer a reframing of the negative societal view of menopause and menopausal women and present an alternative and potentially more empowering view.
The workshop will be a mixture of informative input and opportunities to discuss and digest the ideas presented with fellow attendees.
Paula Maddison is an Integrative Psychotherapist and works in private practice in West Oxfordshire. She trained at The Minster Centre, in London and in 2017 completed her MA research dissertation into women’s experience of the menopause. Her work, prior to training, was in Management Development in the public and private sectors.