Pretish Raja-Helm

Presenter: Pretish Raja-Helm

Title of Presentation: Let’s Get Uncomfortable

Let’s Get Uncomfortable Encounters

As part of Aashna’s vision to generate dialogues and facilitate change around diverse issues, we invited several organisations and individuals who continue to work around these topics and value their immense experience. We were pleased to affiliate with The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN)The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU)Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) and The Minster Centre to create a series of encounters to challenge organisations to put cultural diversity at the heart of their courses. We quickly started a working group to support our series of encounters.  

Our aim: to create a series of encounters inviting students, trainers, supervisors, heads of organisations and training organisations of all backgrounds to create dialogues and action around our key question: What would a more inclusive training genuinely look like?

And we hope to facilitate one such encounter at National Counsellors’ Day 2020.

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About Aashna

Aashna is a therapeutic space which aims to reflect the rich cultural society we live in. Aashna also runs a social justice project Aashna +, which provides long-term therapy for individuals diverse in culture, social background, religion, sexuality, age, gender, disability and other diversity, who struggle to access culturally sensitive therapy.  Their ethos is to honour diversity, difference and community in all its forms and their mission is to inspire diverse groups to access therapy in support of wellbeing. At National Counsellors’ Day Aashna will be presenting an important piece of their current and ongoing work entitled, ‘Let’s get Uncomfortable,’ which looks at embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power within counselling and psychotherapy trainings.

You can find out more about Aashna here and if you would like to contribute to Aashna +, please visit their donations page here: