(Photo – Kim Cunningham) Kris Black is a UKCP Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist and (CSTD) qualified Clinical Supervisor, currently completing a Masters by conversion Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Kris is a Clinical Associate and Trainer with Pink Therapy and has a private supervision and psychotherapy practice. Kris founded Radical Dialogues ~ a group work, training & supervision programme combining art and psychotherapy which centralises Intersectional theory as a means of understanding and combatting discrimination and prejudice.
Kris’ experience within the QTIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities includes working with adult and adolescent clients who are affected by the intersections of homophobia, anti-lesbianism, bi-phobia, transphobia and different forms of racism.
Kris has also worked extensively in London & Essex with children and adolescents using an integrative and intersectional framework, and has specialist experience of working with clients from a range of families including those from working class and racialised communities with children at risk of school exclusion.
Kris worked within the charity sector for over 35 years as a counsellor and a trainer focusing on issues such as hate crime, HIV, domestic & sexual violence, sexual abuse, sexuality, gender identity, and health issues. Kris believes the personal is political, and has contributed to many radical groups and campaigns for most of their working life, including challenging discriminatory legislation, attitudes and practices towards minority groups – particularly those impacted by different forms of institutional and interpersonal violence.
Kris believes psychotherapy and counselling can save lives and therefore should be affordable and accessible to all ~ not just those with economic power. Kris was born into a working~class, mixed racial heritage family, and grew up in north London’s council housing estates in the 60’s.