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. 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 and social justice. I am available for consultancy work. Please see the service section for details.