Sanah Ahsan is a queer muslim womxn, a HCPC registered clinical psychologist, an award-winning poet and all-round disrupter. Her work is centred on compassion, decolonising our understandings of mental health and embracing each other's madness. Sanah’s psychological practice is rooted in liberation and community psychology, drawing on therapeutics, poetics, and activism as interconnected practices to support racialised and marginalised people. Her most recently published research is on the deconstruction of whiteness within UK clinical psychology.
Some of her work includes: presenting a Channel 4 documentary exploring the medicalisation of young people’s distress, hosting conversations for the Southbank Centre on "women of colour’s mental health", giving a TED Talk drawing on narrative therapies; all whilst working as a psychologist in a homeless hostel. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and has been featured on Channel 4 and BBC 2. The Guardian recently described Sanah's poetry as "an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul."
Sanah is currently writing her debut poetry collection, whilst also engaging in community psychology practices.
These include: building anti-racism as a core competence for clinical psychology training at the University of Hertfordshire, and working as lead facilitator for Thinking Space on Broadwater Farm Estate, alongside Frank Lowe.