Breathe’s Lead Counsellor Christine is delivering an interactive four-week programme using cognitive behavioural therapy to develop strategies for managing menopausal symptoms, including anxiety, stress, depressed mood, hot flushes, night sweats, sleep issues and fatigue.
We speak to Christine about CBT and how it can help manage the menopause.
How can menopause affect women?
The menopause can affect women in many ways. Physical aspects can be hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, hot flushes, night sweats, amongst others. Mentally can be anxiety, depression, memory loss and the knock-on effects of the physical symptoms, again amongst others.
What exactly is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of counselling. It helps people to understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviours can all influence one another and sustain an unhelpful cycle.
Intrusive thoughts can be unrealistic and can lead to increased emotional and physical responses, which in turn lead to unhelpful behaviour. CBT works with any of these factors to give you the tools to develop more helpful ways of being and thinking.
How can CBT help with menopause?
CBT for the menopause helps you to understand the psychological changes that are happening to you. It also teaches you psychological tools to help you with your thoughts and emotions to effectively manage the symptoms of menopause.
It can help you to:
- – Effectively manage hot flushes in social situations
- – Learn and develop helpful ways of thinking
- – Reduce stress and improve wellbeing
- – Develop strategies to help if night sweats disturb your sleep
What can attendees expect in your CBT for menopause programme?
All of the above, plus an opportunity to share in a safe space with other women going through the menopause, plus, I hope, a bit of light-heartedness. I’ve been through the menopause and am on the other side of it, so I know what some of the effects are and how it can affect your life.
Where and when?
This 4-week programme is £100 – just £25 per session.
It will take place online on Mondays 6 – 8pm starting 26th October for 4 weeks.
Book your place by completing the form below