1st Edition

Reimagining Race in Psychology Challenging Narratives and Widening Perspectives in Training and Practice

Edited By Yetunde Ade-Serrano, Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena Copyright 2025
    266 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This important book brings together race, mental health and applied psychology, unpacking these areas from differing perspectives and offering new insights in the support of training and development of practice.

    The ability to work with issues of diversity and intersectionality within psychology is vital. Contributors with experience in counselling psychology and applied psychology from across varied social contexts and professional settings reframe and challenge familiar concepts in light of movements to decolonise the curriculum and decolonise psychology and therapy. The chapters offer clinical vignettes, lived experiences and reflective questions to provoke the reader’s thinking and engage with curiosity and sensitivity around cultural bias, discrimination, language, and the evolution of terminologies. This book captures the relationship between the ethos of counselling psychology and race, offering a much-needed guide for how to encompass race and racialised experiences in the training and practice of psychology. Rooted in the UK context but applicable more widely, contributions cover training, supervision, ethical practice, racial trauma, bias and diagnosis, and politics, as well as perspectives and approaches in practice at the intersection of race and gender, age, neurodiversity, sexuality, and spirituality.

    This is a key resource for the continued development of in-training and experienced psychologists and psychotherapists, as well as other practitioners within the mental health and allied professions. It will also be of use to students on clinical training programmes and courses such as applied psychology, counselling, and psychotherapy.

    Part 1: At The Perceived Incipient

    1. Frameworks
    Cerisse Gunasinghe

    2. Training
    Andre Etchbarne

    3. Developing Super-Vision in a Colour-Blind World
    Amelia Baldwin

    4. Ethics and Ethical Practice
    Jaspreet Tehara, Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena and Yetunde Ade-Serrano

    Part 2: Landscape

    5. Mental Health
    Hayat Hussein

    6. Racial Trauma
    Divine Charura and Byron Al-Murri

    7. Bias and Diagnosis
    Ranjot Bhogal and Neha Cattra

    8. The Impact of Systemic Racism
    Adebayo Idowu

    9. Race and Politics
    Dominique Fray-Aitken

    Part 3: Perspectives in Practice

    10. The Role of Intergenerational Trauma and Adultification in Children and Young People
    Raisa Kumaga

    11. Rethinking the Way we Work with Black Men
    Melissa Butler

    12. Working with Women of Colour
    Mou Sultana

    13. Working with Older Adults of Colour
    Natalie V Bailey

    14. Social Hierarchies and Societal Values: Implications for Black Queer Men in the UK
    Andrew Stockhausen

    Part 4: Approaches in Practice

    15. Why I Developed Mindfulness Calligraphy Enhance Therapy?
    Juan Du

    16. Race And Neurodiversity: Understanding Intersectionality and Privilege – My Story
    Tumi Sotire

    17. Faith, Religion and Spirituality
    Asuka Yamashina


    Yetunde Ade-Serrano is a chartered and registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist who works primarily in independent practice. She also works as an Expert Witness in Family Courts and as a Domestic Violence Risk Assessor. Dr Ade-Serrano is a UK based practitioner.

    Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena is a registered and chartered Counselling Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology at City, University of London, UK. She works primarily in private practice with former clinical positions in NHS, forensic, higher education and third sector settings.