Chai and Chat
December 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Chai & Chat creates supportive and safe spaces for all who identify as women to come together to discuss issues, share their stories, and to enjoy different activities and outings. Though COVID19 has put a damper on activities together, we are still meeting via ZOOM.
For our December meeting, therapist Bharati Acharya will lead us through a Tree of Life Workshop – a Narrative Therapy Practice that allows people to develop life stories that highlight their strengths, skills, and intentions. Through this exercise, participants can gain a renewed awareness of their own gifts and talents of resilience. It is an artistic, hopeful and fun approach to sharing aspects of our lives that may be forgotten, neglected or overlooked.
Bharati Acharya’s life’s work has centered around the effects of trauma, loss and displacement among marginalized peoples. She has spent the last 20 years working in a variety of community mental health settings, using Narrative philosophies and practices to support the individuals she has worked with. Having formally studied Narrative Therapy at the DulwichCentre with Michael White and David Epston, she frames her work with clients in Narrative terms, (“the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”). She finds rich self-care sustenance in the very ideas and practices she uses with the people she works with. Bharati has remained firmly rooted in the conviction that conversations about mental health and addiction cannot take place without deep consideration of interpersonal, social and political ecologies.