I am a queer muslim womxn, a HCPC registered clinical psychologist, an award-winning poet, a presenter, speaker, educator and all-round disrupter. My work is centred on compassion, decolonising our understandings of mental health and embracing each other's madness. My psychological practice is rooted in liberation and community psychology, drawing on therapeutics, poetics, and activism as interconnected practices to support racialised and marginalised people. My published research is on the deconstruction of whiteness within UK clinical psychology.
Some of my media 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", and giving a TED Talk drawing on narrative therapies. My poetry has been published in several anthologies, and has been featured on Channel 4 and BBC 2. The Guardian recently described my poetry as "an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul."
I am currently writing my debut poetry collection with support from Arts Council England, 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, facilitating monthly spaces for QTPOC at Beyond Equality, and working as lead child and adolescent facilitator for Thinking Space on Broadwater Farm Estate, alongside Frank Lowe.
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