Transforming the Wounds of Racism: An Autoethnographic Exploration and Implications for Psychotherapy

Transforming the Wounds of Racism: An Autoethnographic Exploration and Implications for Psychotherapy

by Saira Bains

A therapist explores her experiences of racism by investigating her family's history of racist trauma.
A young boy splatters my painstakingly finished painting, taunting me to go back to where I had come from. I accuse his ancestors of plundering my nation: "Look what your people have done to my people." (Saira, eight years old)
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Saira BainsSaira Bains works as a psychologist and an integrative psychotherapist as well as a Director of Psychological Services in London, England. This paper is based on her extensive research for her doctoral research project. Saira received her Masters of Social Sciences in Integrative Psychotherapy (1999) from the The Metanoia Trust where she is also finishing up her Doctorate in Professional Studies in Psychotherapy. She also earned her Masters Degree in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Society (1992) from the Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies, University of Sheffield. Saira would be keen to hear from others who may have similar experiences. Contact Saira
thank you for being so open and working on such important work.
Sandeep
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Learning objectives:

• Increase knowledge of the authoethnograpic method in understanding the trauma resulting from racism.
• Explore ways to think about and make use of clients? experience of racism in psychotherapy work.
• Consider the impact of the therapist?s own experience with racism and the benefits of self-reflection in professional growth and therapeutic practice. 
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