Biography

 


Guilaine Kinouani

I am a radical psychologist, a feminist, a therapist an equality consultant and a (3 times award nominated) writer/researcher. I am currently employed as a Senior Psychologist and an Adjunct Professor of Cross-Cultural Psychology as I am completing the final stages of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

My doctoral thesis is a phenomenological investigation of the emotional, behavioural, cultural and socio-historical factors that underpin experiences of racial injustice and racial trauma in people of African descent, with a particular focus on intersectionality. My academic, clinical and research interests are centred on issues of intersectionality, migration, racism and social/structural inequality/violence and in particular:

  • The development of more socio-politically informed tools and models of therapeutic/clinical intervention and, liberatory clinical practice
  • The influence/impact of white supremacy/racism and whiteness on the mental health, and psychological functioning of people of colour and particularly, on people of the African diaspora in Europe
  • Psychological distress and healing in people of colour and in other marginalised groups and in particular
  • The intersection of racial trauma, discrimination with other traumatic experiences
  • The theoretical bridge(s) between the socio-economic, the political, the historical, the structural, the relational and the psychological 
  • The psychological, relational and structural sequalaes of colonialism/ imperialism and intergenerational trauma

Before my doctorate, 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, 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/group analytic 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 people (please see the service page for details).

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 and co-chaired for over 4 years, to help address some of the challenges individuals from traditionally marginalised groups face within and on their way to, doctoral 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. I love chocolate, coats and music (especially Congolese). They 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. Articles and essays published here have all been written by me. Above all else, this site is a platform to share my reflections and work to hopefully, influence the way people think about and do equality and social justice. I am available for consultancy work. Please see the service section for details.

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18 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!

  5. I love this biography. you’re an amazing writer and this is so succinct and well expressed, a pleasure to read. I love your work. genius! thanks for sharing it with the rest of us

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