Thu, 13 Sep | Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy

Aashna Home Group with Shoshi Asheri (1)

Love As A Transformational Force
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Aashna Home Group with Shoshi Asheri (1)

Time & Location

13 Sep 2018, 19:00
Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1 Castle Mews, London N12 9EH, UK

About the Event

Aashna’s team in collaboration with Shoshi are opening a ‘home group’ inspired by the spirit of the centre’s name (an indian word meaning devoted to love) and its ethos:

'Embracing diversity & difference in all its forms and placing it in the forefront of our therapeutic practice'.

Together, with an intimate group of 12 psychotherapists we will co-create a lived experiment, which will invite us to feel into the mystery and complexity of the notion of ‘love as a transformational force’ both inside and outside the consulting room. We will attempt to embody our talk and question our implicit assumption that:

‘In the space between our distinct difference and our shared humanity there is a relational field that is both treacherous and charged with healing opportunities. If we learn to inhabit this field we may create a home for our difference and a sense of belonging to our otherness.’

(Shoshi Asheri, 2017)

How will we do this?

Make our story visible:

with words, music, images, poetry, food or any other creative platform. We will bring to life the pleasure and pain, pride and shame, trauma and resilience, the politics, belief systems and transgenerational inheritance that has shaped our distinct personal story.

Voice the unspeakable, and trace the unconscious:

in the spirit of ‘Deep Democracy’, we will invite each other to give voice to what we don’t dare speak of in relation to our own and other people’s difference, acknowledge the power inequality among us, air our assumptions and ‘politically incorrect’ thoughts and feelings, trace the unconscious and non-verbal communication within and between us, and seek guidance from the emergent relational field we are co- creating.

Consider the therapeutic applications and clinical dilemmas that arise:

when we want to be informed by the rigour and ethics of our theories yet wish to create a therapeutic frame that is unassuming, conscious of the power inequality, and elastic enough to allow ‘diversity’ to become the pulse of the therapeutic relationship rather than ‘an issue to be aware of’.

There will be an opportunity to reflect on your own psychotherapy practice and explore (if you wish) your own style of holding a therapeutic space for the group.

Who is this for?

We are calling for qualified relational psychotherapists from Diploma level onwards who:

• Want to be part of a nourishing supportive and collaborative group that is committed to deep inquiry and improvisation on the edge of new relational possibilities.

• Are looking for a reflective space that is between supervision and personal development.

• May want to gain confidence in holding therapeutic space for groups in the community and other educational settings.

• Want to explore issues of love, power and the two-way influence of their clients’ and their own diverse and multi-layered identities on the therapeutic process.

• Are pre-occupied with the link between psychotherapy, social- political activism and creative approaches to psycho/spiritual change.

To support intimacy, the group will be limited to 12 spaces (2 occupied by the Aashna team). To support inclusivity and diversity we will ask you to email us a paragraph that give us a sense of who you are and why this group would be important for you.

The closing date has extended to the 17th of November 2017 and we will respond to all applicants by the 20th November '17.

Permission to document and use this process for the purpose of research and writing will be requested.


Thursdays 6-9 fortnightly starting on the 25th of January 2018. Please register online or by email to:

This is a one-year commitment with a possibility for an open-ended group.

Fees: £55 per 3 hours session (Two concession spaces are available). You are committing to attend the group as consistently as possible (holidays are more or less based on the academic year).

50% of your payment will be donated to developing a low cost service at Aashna.

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