Therapeutics

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My psychological practice is rooted in liberation and community psychology, drawing on therapeutics, poetry and social action as interconnected practices to support marginalised and racialised people. 

I am currently building anti-racism as a core competence for training clinical psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching, and working with marginalised groups (e.g. I work as the lead facilitator for young people's Thinking Spaces on Broadwater Farm Estate, I facilitate 1:1 spaces for staff for Global Majority staff at The Barbican, and I facilitate monthly reflective and healing group spaces for Beyond Equality’s facilitators of a Global Majority and those who identify as LGBTQI+, an organization that focuses on working with young boys and men)

 

I offer therapy spaces for individuals, couples, family and friends. I am interested in working with the body, exploring how trauma and histories of oppression can impact our relationships and day-to-day lives.  I provide regular supervision or mentoring for practitioners seeking to practice freedom, and work in anti-oppressive ways with marginalised communities. I also offer facilitation and consultation to organisations seeking to work in these ways. I regularly host therapeutic conversations. 

 

I am interested in the art of imperfection, non-linear growth, interdependence, transformative justice, imagining, and becoming. I ask: How can we create spaces for softness and compassion? How can we show love through our actions? How can we embrace each other’s madness?

 

I recognise life as cycles of repetition and practice. What we practice, grows. Some of my practices include dreaming, embodiment, compassion, prayer, joy, rest, play, radical acceptance, writing, and honesty.

I see the therapeutic place as sacred and generative. Beyond the therapy room, I am interested in working towards transforming the structures and conditions that induce collective distress and suffering. Suffering and madness is an understandable response to a traumatising world, especially for those racialised and marginalised.  

I have a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Salomons Institute of Clinical Psychology, a MSc in Forensic Clinical Psychology from IoPPN, and I continue to seek learning outside of what is scholared and deemed legitimate by academic institutions. I seek ways of knowing through lived experience, drawing on cultural, social and ancestral wisdom. I have 10 years’ experience working in clinical and community settings, including CAMHS, LAC services, school settings and homeless hostels.

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