Eugene Ellis is founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).
I came into therapy as part of my emancipation from internal oppression as a consequence of my personal experiences and as a result of living in a racialised world. Many of the therapists who are part of this network have been through a similar process and are passionate about inspiring and energising those that want to do the same.
Our goal is the individual and collective processing of our inner experiences for the benefit of our communities and to give a voice to a ‘Black empathic approach’ in therapy and therapy education that, as a body, we will seek to integrate into mainstream psychotherapy training, literature and practice.
Inequality of access to appropriate psychological services for Black, African, Asian and Caribbean [BAA&C] people is a well-recognised reality and BAATN is actively engaged in addressing this inequality.
As well as fighting inequality of access, BAATN wants to encourage more BAA&C people to proactively and consciously engage in their psychological lives and to also encourage more BAA&C people into the therapy profession.
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Eugene trained as an Integrative Arts psychotherapist, which is a powerful way of facilitating self-healing through the use of metaphor and the imagination. He has worked for many years with severely traumatised children and their families in the field of adoption and fostering. He has a special interest in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Sensory Integration and other body-orientated therapies, as well as facilitating a dialogue around race and culture as it relates to the body within organisations and in psychotherapy trainings.