Asian Gatherings

This group is for practising Asian psychotherapists and counsellors. Asians of any descent and the Asian diaspora will be welcome.

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

These gatherings are a rare opportunity to explore ourselves as Asian practitioners in a free and safe space. The aim is to support a sense of our shared experience, give each other mutual support and inspire each other’s clinical practice. Students are also welcomed.

Online Via Zoom Dates:

10 October 2020
28 November 2020
23 January 2021
13 February 2021
06 March 2021

22 May 2021
26 June 2021
07 August 2021
04 September 2021
09 October 2021

The space is held by: Mehboob Dada and Suhith Shivanath

To find out about the kinds of themes or topics under discussion, as well as projects that individual groups are in the process of undertaking at some of the other BAATN gatherings, please take a look here.

The idea of this group has been muted for many years, and was finally realised at the BAATN conference in April 2016.

While accepting the importance of the framework that BAATN provides, it is also beneficial to acknowledge the cultural and other differences that exist between ancestries rooted in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. The Asian practitioner gatherings are an opportunity to both identify and reflect, but also develop and provide support to the network clinically.

Venue: The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London, N4 2HF Getting there

Time: 10:30 – 13:00

The group will a maximum of 14 people.

Why have Separate Groups for Black and Asian Therapists?


These events are free to Psychological Therapist Members and Student Therapist Members, £10 for Non-members.


  • You can book gatherings up until the day before the gathering at 5 pm
  • Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time.
  • If you have difficulty booking, you can email
  • If an event is full, email to go on the waiting list. If a place becomes available before 5pm on the day before the event, priority will be given to those at the top of the waiting list.
Comments from members

“The BAATN Asian Gatherings are always so nourishing to mind, body, and soul. I get so much from them, both personally and professionally. To have that safe, collaborative and co-supportive space is hugely valuable and helpful”

“I really enjoy attending Asian Therapy group, as I find the discussion very valuable, insightful and comforting to hear to my personal and professional clinical work as an Asian.”

This is a nourishing, challenging, and enabling experience in a safe space.

“Thank you to all participants – not least to Mehboob & Suhith – for the safety, usefulness &, I feel, the preponderant warmth & challenging authenticity of this meeting”

“Enough food for thought to keep you processing until the next gathering.”

“The group helps me reclaim and give a voice to this subjugated part of my identity”

“I thank members of the group – especially Mehboob & Suhith – & hope we can go forward together in what is proving for me a greatly instructive & increasingly necessary process.”

“What does it mean to be BOTH a black & Asian clinician in The UK? What does it mean to be EITHER a black OR Asian clinician in The UK? What changes MIGHT the above meanings undergo in an age of environmental decay & pandemic?”

“It’s important that a group like this exists where Asian people can come together and share our individual history and story of slavery, and where we can come to understand the psychological shackles of slavery and begin to free ourselves.”

“A supportive gathering. Nourishing Challenging and thought-provoking”

“I am deeply grateful for the BAATN Asian Gatherings and for the shared experiences, wisdom, and collaborative spirit of the groups’ attendees. The meetings provide a vital safe and reflective space in which we can explore and articulate what it is like to be a person, trainee, and/ or practitioner of colour living in the UK in such turbulent and troubling times.”

“The BAATN Asian Gatherings Group is an incredibly important part of my life and professional life, where I can share some challenging aspects of racism. I learn, feel valued, can engage fully, and give and receive support. There’s a profound meeting and understanding that happens for me in each group. . . I feel we are doing groundbreaking work together.”