Counselling for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities (BAME) in Somerset UK

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

Diversity and multicultural counselling

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

I provide accessible, culturally safe therapy for Black people and people of colour in Somerset and across UK online.

I provide trauma counselling services to people who struggle with racial trauma, migrant trauma, childhood trauma, and navigating racial microagressions in the workplace. My work also entails working with families; including couples in interracial relationships, those parenting mixed raced children and parents who are raising Black children in UK. The goal of Acorn therapy is to support Black people and their families to heal from the assaults of racism, racial trauma and to provide culturally affirming professional support that will enhance their well-being in both personal and professional contexts.

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

I am a culturally competent counsellor, which means I able to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. I provide diversity and multicultural counselling. Acorn therapy is an organization is built on principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmation

People from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background in the UK may face specific issues relating to mental health.  The mental health and wellbeing of BAME communities are important because people from these communities often face individual and societal challenges that can affect access to counselling and overall mental and physical health. 

All people deserve equal access to quality counselling and mental healthcare

I want to celebrate the intersectional identity of all clients who come to me for counselling. I aim to make it easier and safer for all people, especially marginalized communities in the UK to access professional counselling.

Embracing all intersections:
• Indigenous communities
• Race, ethnicity
• Sexual/romantic orientation
• Gender identity and expression
• Class background and economic background
• Nationality, immigration status
• Culture
• Spirituality or religion
• Age
• Physical abilities
• Developmental abilities
• Body size
• Skin colour

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

Racism has profound impacts on Black people and people of colour in Somerset and across the UK. In this area of practice, I work with those most impacted and traumatised by the violence of racism through a critical race perspective to support their journey of reclaiming and redeveloping their racial dignity.

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 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.

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