Kitchen therapy uses food and cooking to explore and enhance our relationships with ourselves, one another and our environment. Looking at the importance of nurturing oneself and sharing food with others, helps us to connect with our creativity and passion, building positive feelings about ourselves and enabling helpful life changes.
Our first experience of love in the world is through food. Supported in the natural environment of the kitchen, we can rework our personal stories, feelings and patterns as we explore our relationship with food. Our mindfulness around both the nutritional and emotional content of the food we make forms the basis of self-care - how this has been, how it is today and how we intend it to be.
Cooking offers a direct connection with our unique human potential. When humans discovered how to make and use fire, they were given their first taste of alchemy, one that ignited consciousness. By bringing mindful attention to the preparation of today's food, we can connect with our inner capacity for change, agency and healing potential.
Our word company comes from the Latin, 'con-panis - with bread', reflecting the importance of food in terms of communication, community and connection. Kitchen therapy looks to bring people together and increase our understanding of one another, through our shared need of food and friendship.
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Kitchen Therapy is for anyone looking for a practical and productive form of therapy, conducted in a friendly and relaxed environment. It is for anyone looking to explore personal issues in a creative and sensory way. Below are some examples of Kitchen therapy in practice:
A young man who had grown up in care, struggled to care for himself as an adult. We worked on developing a new, helpful inner parent by:
The birth of their child, left a couple feeling a lack of attention from each other, as all their energy went on caring for their son. Kitchen therapy helped them to rebuild their relationship by:
A young woman diagnosed with early onset diabetes, felt stuck with resentment and confusion at having to change her eating habits – kitchen therapy helped by:
The stresses of lifecycle changes, as a daughter became a young woman as her mother reached middle age, brought them into into Therapy Kitchen, which helped by:
"Thank you Charlotte for a truly unique, delicious and educative experience! "
"Charlotte's enthusiasm and passion for life spills over into all her kitchen therapy classes"
"I was apprehensive about the kitchen therapy class but was immediately put at ease when I met Charlotte"