Fri, 07 May|
May Sunflower Soirée : Awakening the Colour Spectrum
Our May Soirée will feature the fantastic Nerissa McDonald who will discuss her life and her work as a Black therapist, her experiences working with black children and her desire and dedication to opening up conversations & reflections about race to make therapy more accessible.
Time & Location
07 May 2021, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
About The Event
In her talk, Nerissa will share her journey about her work so far with black children and the turning points for her in making it a focus for therapy and therapy trainings to be more reflective and open to the discomfort the topic of race brings, enabling therapy to be accessible to all.
Nerissa first started her career working in the music industry. Her dream as a child was to either become an Artist or to discover artists and help them to flourish and live their dream. An unexpected change came along when she saw an advert for a job in a Children’s centre. The rest as they say is history. After graduating from IATE, Nerissa knew that as a Black therapist she would need to develop and learn new skills to further help her clients especially those who identify as black. Noticing themes of racism, oppression, isolation and hopelessness, Nerissa has been trying to find ways to support and give a voice to the feelings that for some have been suppressed.
Nerissa went on to train as a Master in challenging racism in therapeutic practice and black issues with Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga who is a transcultural psychotherapist, author, lecturer, trainer and supervisor. Working alongside Isha and learning about her work as a therapist has provided concepts and offered the language to help Nerissa further understand the work she has been doing with the children and families she works with. Having been awakened and inspired, Nerissa has vowed to help continue the legacy of Isha’s work by helping other therapists of all backgrounds reflect on their work with black children and families.
Nerissa is a Black Integrative Child and Adolescent psychotherapist. Nerissa has a BA in Music Industry Management, an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy which she gained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and is also a Certified Cyber Therapist. She is a registered member of BACP and a UKCP accredited Child and Adolescent psychotherapist. Nerissa is a mother to two toddlers and works as a therapist in a Primary school in Islington.
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The talk includes 30 minutes of Q&A at the end. Doors will 'open' at 6pm and between 6.15pm and 6.45pm we will be offering peer networking sessions using breakout rooms - so come early and take the chance to chat and get to know some new friends and colleagues.
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