Alexandra Pope is co-founder of the Red School and co-author of Wild Power. Alexandra and her co-founder and co-author Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are passionate about educating and empowering women on the psychological and spiritual forces that are held within the menstrual cycle process and the menopause. Menopause: the great awakener: Red School is launching … More From Menarche to Menopause
85% of counsellors registered with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) are of menopausal age. A questionnaire prepared by a psychotherapy student from Nottingham University as part of her dissertation on the menopause revealed that most therapists believe that ‘training in and support with the menopause within the professional is “essential.”’ Yet there … More Counsellors and Psychotherapists: Alarming lack of knowledge about the menopause
This time the workshop took place in Sailsbury with a group of 16 therapists and counsellors. Five (including the only man – thanks again, for being there) were in their fifties and (apart from the male therapist) well into the menopause. Ten were in their forties, and one – a pregnant counsellor who worked with … More Another Day Talking About Sex, Meaning and the Menopause
Following my article in Therapy Today on Menopause: How Women Suffer in Silence, I have started to run a series of workshops on Sex, Meaning and the Menopause aimed at counsellors and therapists to develop better awareness of working with older women, how the menopause affects relationships, and the impact of early onset menopause on younger women. Last … More A day of talking about sex, aging and the menopause, not forgetting ‘hot tongue’.
I feel another soapbox rant coming on. On the train to London I read a left-behind Daily Mail. ‘Fight the Change’ cried the headline of Life and Style section. For those suffering from dry skin caused by the menopause, new products promise to turn back the clocks. ‘Fortunately,’ said the article, ‘skinscare companies realise there’s … More Fight the Change – yet again
By chance this morning, I ended up having a long telephone conversation with Sheila, a friend I haven’t spoken to for a while. I say by chance, because I had arranged to talk to her husband about a work matter. Much to Sheila’s embarrassment, he had forgotten our appointment and was having the time of … More Stress can bring on early menopause
Following the article, Will YOUR marriage survive the menopause? (adapted from Sex, Meaning and the Menopause) in last week’s Femail section of the Daily Mail, I received an email from a distraught reader. He was very concerned about the state of his own marriage. According to her GP, his wife had gone through the menopause a few … More Marriage, menopause, and the importance of good communication
Happy International Women’s Day! I’ve just clicked as a virtual participant for the Millennium Bridge celebrations, led by the awesome 57-year-old Annie Lennox. Now, there’s a role model for women afraid of ageing. It seems to me that Annie has clocked life, and is making the most of every stage she reaches.
I think Jacqui Smith, whose programme Porn Again was broadcast on BBC 5 Live last night, is brave to talk openly about her husband using pornography. It’s certainly caused a sensation, and, as some people suggest, whether or not she’s using this as an opportunity to open up a career in journalism isn’t the point. But pornography being … More Jacqui Smith, pornography and the menopause
I found myself surprisingly disturbed as I listened on BBC i-player to Roisin McAuley’s absorbing BBC Radio 4 documentary, Leaving Mr Wrong (available until Mon, Feb 21st). In fact, it would be fair to say that it really hit me between the eyes how marriage has changed since I was born. My mother, and most of her generation, … More Leaving once-upon-a-time-Mr-Right