Biography

 


Guilaine Kinouani

I am an (aspiring) intersectional feminist, a therapist (working integratively) an equality enthusiast and a writer. I am currently working toward a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Before this, I completed a degree in Cultural Studies, studied Psychology then Counseling Psychology after obtaining a Masters in Transcultural Mental Health. Professionally, I have worked with some of the most marginalised groups within inner city London and Paris (the latter being) where I was born and bred as a result, I am naturally drawn to community/critical psychology and liberatory approaches to clinical practice as I find them more socially and politically engaged and more epistemologically consistent with my worldview. Nevertheless, I do find relational and psychoanalytical concepts useful to make sense of the world. I am equally interested in compassion based models and I am finding, increasingly in philosophy. 

In the past I have held a number of management/senior management posts focused on equality and inclusion in the field of community development, engagement and research. I freelanced as a training and ‘race & culture’ consultant directly prior to starting my clinical psychology journey. Clinically, most of my experience has been with adults diagnosed with more ‘severe’, ‘complex’ and/or ‘enduring’ psychological  difficulties/distress, many of whom were compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or otherwise deprived of their liberty as such, a large proportion of my experience has been with Black and minority ethnic communities. I run a small private practice focusing on providing individual therapy, community groups and workshops for women of colour and other marginalised women/people (please see the service page). 

As a French woman of African descent who is an immigrant to the UK, a mother, and as someone who also has some lived experience of discrimination; I have become quite attuned to injustice and oppression. I founded the Minorities in Clinical Psychology Training Group (@minoritiesgroup) which I currently chair after experiencing much hardship within training.  When no one is watching, I like to think of myself as a politically and legally (strong) minded fashionista. I love chocolate and have a thing for coats. I usually take life way too seriously. I am at peace with this though, some of us are just made this way.

RaceReflections.co.uk is my baby. And, above all else, it is a platform to share my reflections and hopefully, influence the way people think about and do equality. I am available for consultancy work. Please see the service section for details.

16 comments

  1. I think this also has to do with the passion you obviously have exhibited for so many years. This is not an easy thing to do, well done again 🙂

  2. I’m so happy to find this blog. I am training at UEL and have a blog too although I tend to find I write about creativity and mindfulness more but feel this is about to change!

    1. Hi There! Thanks for visiting and following Race Reflections. I’m glad you’ve find it of interest. I have checked your blog and it’s nice to see some creativity and mindfulness in action. I feel a lot of us neglect our artistic and more creative sides. I look forward to reading more of your views on mental health, psychology and on training of course.

  3. I like what you said about taking life seriously and that it being Ok. I resonate with that. I trained as a psychotherapist so can relate to some of your posts! All the best.

  4. Big fan of your blog and tweets – I have always learned something new from them. As a minority clin psych trainee myself from New Zealand, I am hugely interested issues particularly where it pertains to critical clinical psychology. It’s not many that I can connect with with these interests, so I’m glad I found this site!

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