A Beginner's Guide to Therapy

Ariane Sherine

When?
Tuesday, July 16 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

38 West Street
Chichester
PO19 1RP

Tel: 01243 783185
Email: info@chichesterinn.co.uk
Website: www.chichesterinn.co.uk

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

 Ariane created the Atheist Bus Campaign: 

“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”

As a result, she received a deluge of hate mail from Christians, which led to a nervous breakdown and a three year break from writing.

In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign. She has written extensively for TV, national newspapers and magazines, and is the author of the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas.

Entry £5 on the door.

Summary of talk

Ariane is most famous for her atheist bus campaign: 

There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

She began by giving us an insight into her struggle to cope with psychological problems from the age of 11.

Each diagnosis lead to a different form of therapy, including family counselling, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalyis, cognitive behavioural therapy and so on into adulthood.

Ariane became a successful comedy script writer. After reading The God Delusion and seeing religious bus adverts, she managed to raise funds for the atheist bus campaign, which spread across the world.

Little did she realise that the hate mail she would receive (mainly from UK and USA Christians) would push her into depression and more therapy. She could not work for over 3 years.

Eventually, with a mixture of drugs and therapy, she began work again, writing her latest book Talk Yourself Better, based on numerous interviews with therapists, their clients (including some famous names like Stephen Fry) and her extensive personal experiences.

After the break, Ariane answered numerous questions from a moved and fascinated audience.

This was an uplifting talk of relevance to all who come into contact with psychological health problems.

Visit Ariane's daily blog on Twitter: @ArianeSherine