Guilaine Kinouani, Founder Race Reflections.

I am an Award-winning radical psychologist and group analyst, scholar, activist and I’d like to think…a bit of a fashion connoisseur. A current PhD researcher, in psychosocial studies (yes…still. Long story another book on this one day) at Birkbeck.

I previously taught critical psychology and black studies at Syracuse University in London, my long-standing involvement in anti-racism has deeply influenced my scholarship and thinking.

My first book book Living While Black (Ebury: Penguin Random House) exposed the impact of lived experiences of racism on black minds and bodies.

My second book White Minds (Policy Press: Bristol University) is a psychosocial exploration of how psychic and social structures intersect to reproduce whiteness and consequent everyday race dynamics, inequality and violence.

My third book, Creative Disruption (Palgrave MacMillan), is co-edited (with my peers Hannah Reeves and Claudia Di Gianfrancesco). It’s a volume which is part of the Studies in the psychosocial series that considers the potential of creative disruption as praxis when it comes to knowledge production and onto-epistemic matters, and has a particular emphasis on disciplinary intersections, mergings and tensions. The book is expected in 2024.

My academic, clinical and research interests are centred on issues of migration, displacement, 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

*Psychological distress and healing in people of colour and in other marginalised groups

*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 sequelae of colonialism/ imperialism and related intergenerational trauma

Before my doctorate, I completed a degree in Cultural Studies, studied Psychology then Counselling 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 psychoanalytic/group analytic concepts useful. And I am equally interested in compassion-based models, and 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 people of colour.

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 and studies.

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. is my baby. Articles and essays published here have all been written by me.

This site started as a platform to share my reflections and work to influence the way people think about and do equality, justice and liberation. It is born out of my sheer spirit of defiance and resistance. The act of me ‘speaking anyway’ as I write in White Minds.

The baby is growing…to celebrate her 6th anniversary, Race Reflections took her first steps as a closed membership site. This was almost four years ago! I thank all of you for the support you have shown me during that uncertain transition.

In addition to the services we have offered since inception, a range of memberships options are now available but can only be accessed during open enrolment/subscription periods. To join waiting the subscription waiting list or newsletter, please use the contact form below.

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  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.

      1. Thank you, coincidentally I just wrote a little post about some things I have been thinking about recently. You too! Take care!

  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. just watched you on newsnight. Such a welcome change to hear such astute, thoughtful commentary on race matters.

  6. 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

  7. Hi Guilaine-very nice site and blogs, Am a psychotherapist doing a doctorate in counselling psychology in Glasgow and looking to research on impact of institutions on black, gay therapists particularly so some of what you write really resonates. I am just trying to work out your twitter handle and have followed your blog. Great work. Ben

  8. So very happy to be able to support your work directly here! Your Twitter thoughts always strike home, and support healing for us white settler descendants, too.

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