BAATN Heart Hub for Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity

Saturday Bi-monthly Sessions – 10.00 – 12.30 London/UK Time

Next Gathering – 23rd July 2022

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

The BAATN Heart Hub offers holistic community space for students, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, therapists and group facilitators of Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritage, who personally identify with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity and the intersection of race, heritage and culture.

The BAATN Heart Hub exists as a replenishing collective, healing space to bring hearts, stories, dreams and dilemmas, where you’ll be met with compassion and dialogue to foster kinship and connection.

The BAATN Heart Hub invites each practitioner, who may be impacted by racism, heteronormativity and binary categorisations, to bring their own expression, life experience and clinical practice, to be supported, affirmed, inspired, celebrated and energised.

Scheduled Sessions:

Next session 7th May 2022, 23rd Jul 2022

Bimonthly Sessions for BAATN members only

The space is held by: Kirath Ghataora and Joel Simpson

Please Note: We kindly request that all participants have their cameras on for the full duration of the event so that we can see each other. Please ensure that the name you would like to be addressed by, alongside the pronouns you would like to be used (if this is important to you,) are included next to your profile name.

You can, if you wish, book confidentially via the facilitators or CPD certificates that just note attendance of a BAATN gathering can also be requested. Please arrange this with the facilitators.

Please note that this is a queer affirmative space and participants must personally identify with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity and the intersection of race, heritage and culture.


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.

Joel Simpson

Joel Simpson

Psychotherapist and Interpersonal Group Facilitator

Joel Simpson is an Interpersonal Group Facilitator and UKCP registered psychotherapist, with a private practice in London. Through psychotherapeutic, queer, intersectional dialogues, Joel contributes to media and community activist platforms. Joel’s professional commitments sit within a personal intention to engage a reclaimed voice, through heart-centred living. Integrating soulful, relational, approaches and drawing on collective and ancestral stories, Joel considers how human experiences may be shaped through shifting, converging cultural identities, history and politics. Maintaining deepening interests in meaning-making around rites of passage, transitions and celebrations, Joel also works as a celebrant. Joel crafts love-centred ceremonies for end-of-life thresholds, alongside naming and couples’ rituals. Joel has a background in education as a teacher, trainer and consultant.

Kirath Ghataora

Kirath Ghataora

MSc., BSc., (UKCP accredited), pronouns: she/her/they

Kirath is an Integrative Psychotherapist who works with a holistic, trauma-informed practice; with adult individuals and group facilitation, currently within the NHS and private practice.

Utilising all aspects of mind, body, spirit and life imbued, Kirath sensitively and creatively supports awareness, narratives, expression, healing and change. 

Connecting with an authentic and enthusiastic whole-heartedness, Kirath’s relational awareness is drawn to honouring and empowering the figural and whole experiences of the other. Kirath holds a keen and compassionate focus on holistic recognition, expression and healing of personal, collective and generational trauma, identity, stories and culture.

Kirath’s background is within community, education, charity and health & social care settings; with specialist areas within trauma/ adjustment, queer and intersectional communities (e.g. racial & cultural minority, disabled) and survivors of abuse.

Session Details

Venue: Online via Zoom

Time: 10:00 – 12:30


Please note that this is a queer affirmative space and participants must personally identify with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity and the intersection of race, heritage and culture.


These events are free to Psychological Therapist Members and Student Therapist 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 5 pm on the day before the event, priority will be given to those at the top of the waiting list.
  • You can also confidentially email the facilitators, details above.

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