Sonya Tsakalakis – Bibliotherapy

Sonya Tsakalakis

Sonya Tsakalakis

Sonya Tsakalakis is a bibliotherapist. Bibliotherapy is like a doctor for your emotions, prescribing literature to guide people through life’s challenges such as anxiety, loneliness and any range of emotional conflicts. In 2014 Sonya attended The Reader Organisation conference in London which focused on research supporting the positive relationship between literature and mental health. Based in the same city as me, we did the Melbourne thing and met over some good coffee, downstairs from her office at the School of Life on Bourke St.
I use to think reading fiction was like watching reality TV, it might be entertaining, but not really beneficial. Sonya explains that there is scientific research pointing to the benefits of reading for pleasure. They found that people that read at least 30 minutes a day, compared to people that don’t read, tend to suffer less anxiety, sleep better and cope better with stress in their lives. To find out more about bibliotheray and Sonya Tsakalakis visit her web site The Literary Hand
In this podcast we mention the following reading;
Louise Erdrich – The Master Butchers Singing Club
Lisa Genova – Still Alice & Inside the O’Briens (Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance in the film Still Alice)
Vladimir Nabakov – Speak, Memory
Sigrid Undset – Kristin Lavransdatter
Sonya Hartnett – Of A Boy
John Steinbeck – Of Mice And Men
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
Rudyard Kipling – Cities and Thrones and Powers
Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle

“When you read you are never alone” C.S.Lewis

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