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Antiracism

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.

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Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity

I would like my therapy practice to be a place where everyone feels comfortable regardless of how they embody their gender, sexuality or whether they choose to be in a relationship with one or more partners or choose not to engage in romantic relationships.

As an outcome of many years of studies on gender, I published a book on sexuality and masculinity. I researched how therapy could be a place where sexuality could be freely discussed and various gender identities exercised with freedom and spontaneity. I delivered a number of trainings, webinars and articles on Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity. I strive to update my knowledge on issues related to gender and sexuality and to question my own gender and sexual embodiments in my private life.

As someone brought up in Poland, I appreciate the freedom and laws that support LGBTQI+ communities in the UK. Yet even with this freedom, there are enduring prejudices aimed at making the lives of lesbians, gays, trans and polyamory relationships more difficult. I want to create a space that is both free of these prejudices and also offers transformative experiences.