I include a focus on race and racism in my therapeutic work and my training. Therapeutic work requires openness and a deep interest in what is diverse, social and often marginalised.
I have moved to London from Poland because of the diversity it offered. It was then, almost 20 years ago, that I realised that good intentions are not enough, and I needed to update my knowledge of race, discrimination, slavery and postcolonialism. Not only, I realised I was white, an identity I did not give much thought to before, but also that I have the capacity to reenact racialised traumas through my lack of awareness.
Working at that time in mental health, I started to work as a community development coordinator through Delivery Race Equality in Mental Health Care. In 2010, Peter Ferns & Premila Trivedi trained me to became a Race Equality Cultural Capability Trainer. I delivered workshops and trainings on racism in psychiatric and social care services. My awareness of my own identities was further deepened through my personal work in large groups (groups of over a hundred people working together on societal issues). in 2018, I organised the annual British Gestalt Journal Seminar Day on Anti-Black Racism.
Getting out of the structures of the racialised society is an endless process of learning and discovering ways in which white habits or privilege had been reenacted. I make sure that my continuous professional development includes racism and intersectionality on an ongoing basis.