Mens’ Gatherings

This is a Closed Practitioner Event

 Bi-monthly Sessions – 2pm – 4:30pm London/UK Time

Saturday Gatherings: 15th January, 19th March, 21st May, 16th July, 17th September

For 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. Together we will create a space where we can articulate our voice around our inner journey and from this place gain support and find ways to express our voices more fully out in the world.

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.


The space is held by: Rotimi Akinsete, Eugene Ellis, Dennis L Carney and Joe Deans. More about the facilitators

Venue: Online via Zoom

Time: 2pm – 4:30pm


Saturday 15 January 2022
Saturday 19 March 2022
Saturday 21 May 2022
Saturday 16 July 2022
Saturday 17 September 2022


  • 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 body of mental health practitioners committed to the holistic care of those they serve must extend their emblematic arms beyond the confines of the professions usual conventions to the struggle for social justice” – Joden Joseph.

“It is important and empowering for Black therapists to reflect on experiences of oppression and racism, support one another and consider liberating ways of practising”

“I feel the Men’s Gathering is a powerful space to articulate a cohesive agenda for change and growth among black people. I feel that developing a black only counselling and psychotherapy training institute is one such idea.”Justin Alexander



Rotimi Akinsete

Rotimi Akinsete

Therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor

Rotimi Akinsete is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor with extensive experience in community and NHS counselling services. He is founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, a special interest project focussing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys.

He is the author of This Book Could Help: The Men’s Headspace Manual and is currently the Associate Dean of Students at the University of the Arts London

Dennis L Carney

Dennis L Carney

Therapist, Facilitator & Activist

Dennis has developed and facilitated a wide variety of different groups, during that last 3 decades, that explore themes around mental health, wellbeing, identity, communication skills, self-esteem, intimacy, assertiveness, relationships, sexual health, equality and diversity issues.

Dennis continues his work as a part-time lecturer at the City Literary Institute, in Covent Garden, delivering short courses on Anger Management, Group Facilitation, Gestalt and facilitates Personal Development groups for counselling training students.

Dennis is also a long-standing member of the award-winning Leadership Team at BAATN. He has also been a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at several BAATN annual conferences and is an active member of BAATN’s Conference Sub Group.

Eugene Ellis

Eugene Ellis

Founder of BAATN, Author, Activist & Psychotherapist

Eugene Ellis is an activist, writer, psychotherapist and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality. He is also the founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), a network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK.

His book, ‘The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue’, explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how we might navigate oppressive patterns.

Joe Deans

Joe Deans

Trainee Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Joe is a a trained MBACP registered Counsellor and in a few months will be a UKCP Registered Adult and Child Psychotherapist. He is a seasoned JNC qualified youth worker by trade since 1997. Joe has spent a large part of his career in  the Black Country, West Midlands. I am a CIPD trained Learning & Development Specialist. Clinical Supervisor for Youth Professionals and is  a Freelance Trainer for different aspects of youth, schools and community projects. He is a Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health Educator for Young Men/Boys/Young People, Boxercise Instructor & Badminton England Level 2 Coach.

Joe has said that facilitating black male groups has brought him an  element of spirituality, connection and support. The stories that are shared, the depth of experiences in the space and the connection that is gained from the being there at that particular moment is healing. 

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