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BAATN Gathering

Asian Gatherings

A group for practising Asian psychotherapists and counsellors

Monthly (in person and online)


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 welcome.


Mehboob Dada and Sonia Vohra


Gathering Statement of Purpose

Read the Statement of Purpose for all our gatherings



This gathering takes place online or in person. Please check the dates to confirm the location.

Online meetings take place via Zoom. Zoom is free to download and use. For more information about Zoom, click here. To download Zoom free of charge, click here.

In-person meetings take place at The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Ave, Woodberry Down, London N4 2HF


10:30am – 1:00pm


26 August 2023 – Open Space – Online

23 September 2023 – Guest Speaker: Anshu Srivastava – Decolonising Psychoanalysis – Theorising Our Own Experience – Transatlantic Dialogues – Online

14 October 2023Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Ave, Woodberry Down, London N4 2HF

11 November 2023Online

16 December 2023Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Ave, Woodberry Down, London N4 2HF

20 January 2024Online

24 February 2024Online

23 March 2024 Online

20 April 2024Online

11 May 2024Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Ave, Woodberry Down, London N4 2HF

15 June 2024Online

20 July 2024Online

17 August 2024Online


Free to Psychological Therapist Members and Student Therapist Members, £10 for Non-members.

(Click here to become a member)

Booking Conditions

  • Bookings can be made any time up until 15 minutes before the event.
  • Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time.
  • If you have difficulty booking, email the events administrator
  • If an event is full, email the events administrator to go on the waiting list. If a place becomes available before 5 pm on the day before the event, priority will be given to those at the top of the waiting list.

Full payment will need to be made to guarantee a place.

Refund policy and other booking information

What delegates have said:

“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.”


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