Counselling For Black, Asian And Ethnic Minorities (BAME) In Somerset UK

I offer private face to face diversity and multicultural counselling Somerset  and online counselling and psychotherapy for Black, Asian or Minority groups in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset via zoom and other forms of video conferencing.

Counselling For Black, Asian And Ethnic Minorities (BAME) In Somerset UK.

Acorn Therapy is an inclusive and supportive organisation. I provide online culturally sensitive counselling for Black African/African-Caribbean heritage and People of Colour, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and across the UK

It’s unfortunate that racism is still present in our systems and society in the UK today. Whether it’s subtle or more overt, it can leave those who are targeted feeling a range of challenging emotions, such as loneliness, sadness,  humiliation, or anger. If you have experienced any form of racism, from subtle acts to outright discrimination, there is support available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me.

Taunton Somerset, like the rest of the United Kingdom, is a melting pot of cultures and languages. However, its therapeutic care has not always been diverse.  

Our diversity and multicultural counselling Somerset, Multi-ethnic Counselling, and Psychotherapy aim to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic approaches in Taunton Somerset and throughout the UK. These services are designed to enhance the mental well-being of individuals, strengthen families, and ultimately empower communities.

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Psychological distress associated with experiences of racism

People of non-White British descent may encounter specific challenges and difficulties related to their ethnicity, which include discrimination or acts of violence based on characteristics such as homophobia, racism, sexism, and ableism. Additionally, they may experience issues such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, trauma, depression, anxiety, and more.

Experiencing racial discrimination and injustice in the UK can have a significant impact on your emotional well-being and can lead to chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and racial trauma. However, it is possible to develop resilience and safeguard your mental health against these challenges. 

All services are provided online via zoom (except for workshops).

Psychological distress associated with experiences of racism

Intense emotional reactions:
• Anger
• Anxiety
• Fear
• Frustration
• Depression
• Helplessness-Hopelessness
• Isolation
• Paranoia
• Resentment
• Sadness
• Self-blame
• Self-doubt

Ineffective coping mechanisms:
• Avoidance
• Disengaging
• Substance Use

Health Concerns:
• Heart Disease
• Hypertension
• Muscle Tension
• Sleep Disturbances
• Dietary/Digestive Disturbances

These psychological and physical effects can greatly impact your everyday life in a significant way.

Stereotype threat may also result in imposter syndrome if you internalize negative racial stereotypes regarding the abilities of your racial or ethnic group.

All people deserve equal access to quality counselling and mental healthcare

As Taunton-Somerset and the United Kingdom continue to embrace diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, and socioeconomic backgrounds, the field of mental health must adapt accordingly to effectively support its population. Multicultural counselling aims to explore how cultural and identity-related issues impact an individual’s mental well-being, as well as how these factors can influence their relationship with therapy itself. 

Acorn Therapy aims to offer mental health support that fosters a friendly environment where cultural competence, diversity, and tolerance are encouraged. Our mission is to prioritize mental well-being for everyone. 

Embracing all intersections:

Diversity and multicultural counselling for Black / African / Caribbean / Black British people

What is the Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome can affect individuals who doubt their intellectual abilities and skills compared to their peers. This phenomenon is not limited to specific genders, races, socioeconomic status, or professions. It is important to remember that if you experience feelings of inadequacy, you are not alone.

Workplace Trauma

The places where we work in the UK can be sites of growth and joy but they can also be a place rife with violence, harassment, and racial microagressions for many Black people and people of colour. I work closely with those impacted by this racial burden in the workplace, offering healthy tools and mechanisms with which to utilise in the workplace.

Childhood Trauma:

Working with my clients is often a journey into their childhood, we are all products of our childhood and accumulated life experiences. Understanding our childhood narratives helps us to understand our life blueprints. I help my clients to safely investigate how childhood needs were responded/reacted to. This is a significant predictor to how we learn to regulate our emotional arousal in adulthood within the context of our most intimate relationships and friendships.

Self-esteem and self-worth

Black people and People of colour can suffer decreased self-esteem and confidence due to living in a society that sometimes devalues them. Additionally, a lack of representation, affirming & respectful narratives in the public discourse can reinforce those feelings. I support clients to recreate affirming narratives about themselves, their bodies and their identities.

Relationships:

We are all wired to seek connection and belonging. Yet the majority of people’s original traumas often occur within the context of relationships. It is also mostly within other relationships that the original trauma or new traumas are either recreated or re-experienced.

I work with clients to identify patterns of self-sabotage, addictive tendencies to toxic behaviours and I support them to develop good boundaries, emotional awareness, and healing within the context of a relationship.

Inter-racial relationships and Inter racial parenting:

Racial tensions and challenges in interracial relationships can emerge when one partner experiences racial trauma and the other one doesn’t.

Similarly, parenting mixed raced children can be challenging. If healthy racial identities of a child are not carefully nurtured, this can lead to longer term self-identity issues in adulthood.

I also work with couples and parents to facilitate healthy, safe and intimate dialogues about race as well as strategies for developing racial safety in interracial families

Non-English speaking counselling clients:

I am aware that several clients from the black, ethnic and minority groups may have difficulty speaking and understanding English. Some of the older ethnic minority clients have never received a formal education and cannot read or write. Some younger clients speak very broken English  especially refugees, asylum and emigrants. Even among clients who are conversant in English, some find that it is far more comfortable talking about complex emotional issues and trauma in their native language.

I welcome culturally diverse clients from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups (BAME) in Taunton, Somerset and further afield.

Offering counselling support that is tailored to BAME needs

Our friendly multicultural counselling in Taunton Somerset and throughout the UK centres around recognizing that individuals are unique and that their personal background – including their ethnicity, race, and cultural context – plays a significant role in shaping their identity. As a person of BAME or black ethnicity in Somerset and across the UK, you have the right to receive mental health support just like everyone else. If you feel more comfortable seeking support from individuals who share your ethnic background, please don’t hesitate to contact me for assistance. 

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