Mens’ Gatherings

As male therapists of Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritages this is a space to connect through shared experience, learn from one another and inspire each other. These gatherings are also open to other people of colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin and global white power. Together we will create a space where we can articulate our voice around our inner journeys and from this place find ways to express our voice out in the world.

The day-long format for the gatherings will consist of a main presentation followed by discussion, with a focus on how we connect as men and how we can become more authentic with ourselves and with each other.

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 space is held by: Eugene Ellis, Rotimi Akinsete and Arike


Saturday 23rd Feb – The Experiences of Black Males in Talking Therapies – Ade Afilaka
Time table
10:45-11:00 Tea / Coffee / Registration
11:00-11:15 Introductions 
11:15-12:15 Talk by Ade Afilaka
12:15-12:30 Break 
12:30-13:00 Process in small groups
13:00-14:00 Lunch and networking
14:00-15:00 Processing in larger group
15:15-16:00 Closing discussions
Ade Afilaka will be presenting his doctoral research at City University, that investigated the experiences of black males in talking therapies. The inspiration for this research came from the richness of discussion in the support groups for Black and Asian men facilitated by BAATN, which he attended.
Ade is an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling), and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, he works as a senior psychotherapist in a secondary care psychotherapy service for the NHS East London Foundation Trust. He trained in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College) and completed additional training in Gestalt therapy at the Gestalt centre in London. Ade has expertise in treating substance misuse problems, his first area of specialism, before moving into the treatment of a wide range of emotional difficulties. He provides supervision for trainee psychologists, and psychotherapists, as well as junior members of the clinical team. He has lectured at Kings College, and the University of East London on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and taught at the Butabika Psychiatric Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Currently, he is very much interested in incorporating Mindfulness, and Compassion focused approaches into my clinical practice. 

Venue: Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, Unit 4, Lysander Mews, Lysander Grove, London N19 3QP Getting there

Time: 10am – 4pm


23 February 2019

6 July 2019 – Speaker to be announced

Cost: This event is £10 for members and £25 for non-members. For Non-members, booking reservations without payment will be held for 1 week before being offered to another person.

Booking: Only the next two upcoming dates will be open for registration at any one time. Please do not attend the gathering if you have not booked as the groups are often full. You can also book a place by email: or download the booking form.

If an event is full email to join a waiting list. The places will be offered on a first come first serve basis but if a place becomes available just before the event is due to take place, everyone on the waiting list will be contacted via email, with the first person to respond being offered the place.