My name is Guilaine Kinouani. I am a PhD researcher in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. You can find out a bit about the research being carried out in the department here.

Welcome to the study page of my PhD!

This page contains all the information you need to understand the study, why it is being undertaken and what participation involves.

The title of my study is;

Whiteness as traumatogenic and iatrogenic: A pluralistic exploration of racialised violence and resistance in the clinical encounter.

It is supervised by Professor Stephen Frosh, (Psychosocial Studies) and Professor Jo Winning (English, Theatre and Creative Writing). In summary, I am planning to explore the ways racism and coloniality are reproduced and resisted in psychotherapy. I will be using a group (analytic) methodology to facilitate conversations on these issues (together with some 1:1 interviews).


There are two ways you can support the study.

You can join a ‘median group’, a relatively large and heterogeneous group which will be convened online to discuss issues of racism in therapy, monthly for 10 sessions lasting 1h30 minutes. You can join this group if you are of any racial background, of any professional background (and of none) and of any gender.

Or, you can join a lived experience group, a small group which will be convened online over 10 weekly sessions lasting 1h30 minutes, if you identify as Black (are of any gender) and have received psychotherapy. If you join this group, I will need to interview you too. For each group, you need to be U.K. based.


* To understand what the study is about, please read the INFORMATION SHEET carefully, you can access it here

* To manifest your interest in taking part, please complete and return a PARTICIPATION REQUEST FORM, which you can access here. 

* If you are selected to take part, you will be asked to complete and return a CONSENT FORM, which you can access here

* If you are new to Group Analysis, please read the short information sheet on GROUP ANALYSIS so you know what to expect. It is accessible here.

* Finally, we have prepared A LIST OF SUPPORT resources which you may find helpful, should you decide to take part. You can access it here.


If you have any questions or queries about this study, please do not hesitate to contact me. Similarly please get in touch if you would like to discuss taking part. You can do so by emailing me:

Thank you for your interest in this important research. I look forward to connecting.