What is it?
It is an Emotional support and therapeutic service offering both Groups and counselling to anyone in Haringey from our racialised communities. We will provide up to 10 weeks 1-2-1 Counselling, either face to face, over the phone or online, offered by counsellors who reflect our racialised community of Haringey, practicing different models of counselling for adults such as integrative, humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive behavioural therapy. The counselling will put the client first, creating a safe confidential space to explore their issues. Our groups will provide weekly therapeutic and support space in our community, where people can discuss their current challenges in their day to day lives or can attend a six-week structured Psycho educational group “coping with life skills”, which can address Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Assertiveness or Self-esteem.
Who is it for?
The Improving Black Minds Service can be accessed by anyone who identifies that they are from a racialised community living or working in Haringey.
Individuals over 18 years old can self-refer and we welcome referrals from other professionals.
The term racialised communities acknowledges that race is a social construct rather than a biological fact, and that people are categorised by race because of dominant groups and systems in society, who have put them into different categories to cement social inequalities and marginalisation.
Using this term does not mean we cannot use terms like people of colour, Black and Brown people etc. We’re using racialised communities because it describes the impact of systemic racism on people, rather than just focusing on the colour of their skin.
How does it help?
The service is led by our Community Therapeutic lead and supported by a team of qualified counsellors who have both lived experience and professional qualifications.
Talking therapy in a group or 1-2-1 allows people to express deep emotions, it can create a space for an emotional release. Using these sessions to either explore unhealthy patterns, coping skills or whatever you choose to talk about, you can say as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.