Mon, 30 November 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life

Christie Tate in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Self-lacerating lawyer Christie Tate never expected to find connection by getting emotionally naked in a room full of strangers. Join us for a trip into the life-changing world of group therapy.

‘It will make you want to get better, whatever better means for you’ – Lisa Taddeo, best-selling author of Three Women

Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasising about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her in spite of her achievements?

Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything: her eating habits, childhood, sexual history. So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy.

Join us for a front-row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful and hilarious journey that is group therapy – an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so all the pieces finally fit.

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Christie Tate

Author and Essayist

Christie Tate is a Chicago-based writer and essayist. She has been published in The New York Times (Modern Love), The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Eastern Iowa Review, and elsewhere.

Hannah MacInnes

Times Radio presenter and host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.