I am an (aspiring) intersectional feminist, a therapist an equality consultant and a writer. I am currently working toward a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; my doctoral thesis focuses on racial trauma. Before this, I completed a degree in Cultural Studies, studied Psychology then Counseling Psychology after obtaining a Masters in Transcultural Mental Health. I have since completed further studies in psychoanalysis and in group analysis. Professionally, I have worked with some of the most marginalised groups many, 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. And, 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 and with very high levels of 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 women-centred practice focused 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 have chaired co-chaired for over 4 years, to help address some of the challenges individuals from traditionally marginalised groups face within training, challenges I have myself experienced. When no one is watching, I like to think of myself as a politically and legally (strong) minded fashionista. Chocolate, coats and music (ideally Congolese); are pretty much all I need to survive. 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 work to hopefully, influence the way people think about and do equality. I am available for consultancy work. Please see the service section for details.