Shammi and Pretish met during their training at the minster centre in 2012. Through our training and now with our own private practices, as second generation British Asians with rich intersectional identities, we are very much aware the need to nurture and facilitate inclusion within the therapeutic field. Culture, faith, religion, colour, social background, sexuality, gender and neurodiversity (to name a few) all have a real impact on individuals’ lived experience and we believe that these should be recognised in the therapeutic alliance.
We set up Aashna because we recognise the struggle diverse groups face in finding therapy that meets their needs, as well as the challenge practitioners from diverse backgrounds, face in trying to reach and support their communities. Aashna is a unique therapeutic space, offering individuals from all backgrounds the opportunity to come together to nurture our voices and support each other to facilitate change. Aashna's Let's Get Uncomfortable (LGU): Embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in therapy embodies this social justice vision.
Our Ethos is to honour diversity, difference and community in all its forms and our mission will be to inspire diverse groups to access therapy in support of wellbeing.
Our aims at Aashna are:
To make therapy more accessible for individuals from diverse backgrounds who struggle to find therapy.
To inspire diverse groups to access therapy and support their psychological health
To bring together practitioners of all backgrounds and orientations to support each other in our work.
To build a community that supports the counseling and psychotherapy field by proactively working with diverse groups
Warm, friendly and welcoming; we hope that this is the essence that Aashna will offer you.
Our aim is to create a community where we can support each other as practitioners. A community of like-minded therapists who seek to bring these fundamental issues of culture and diversity into the forefront of their practice – practitioners who embrace difference and diversity in all its forms
Let's Get Uncomfortable
Our Let's Get Uncomfortable project embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in therapy and our Aashna + service embody our social justice vision.
Let's Get Uncomfortable (LGU) Resources Library
The LGU library is a library of resources growing out of the themes of race, ethnicity, culture and power. The images below show how to use the library. You can search the library using a keyword using the search box or use tags to search by category. To suggest a resource to be added email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Let's Get Uncomfortable
In July 2019 we completed our series of Let's Get Uncomfortable (LGU) Embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in counselling and psychotherapy trainings encounter's. They have been remarkable in the energy generated to challenge and change the way training organisations currently explore race, ethnicity, culture and power in their trainings. With the cycle of encounters complete we felt it was important to highlight some of the themes shared and explored.
Assimilation of students in the training, unconscious collusion with our white colonising peers. Which then ask the question 'whose responsibility is it to raise awareness when this is happening?'
White privilege - This became apparent in the encounter where white voices shared their discomfort in their silence and some took the space which was for therapists of colour.
The brown voice which often can be silenced, hidden, not present, lost or not heard amongst the black and white voices.
Where are the other therapists of colour? who is not here and why?
Power in current structures and why we are stuck in a position of comfort.
Finding allies in organisations, but allies also feel alone. Allies need allies too.
an invitation to take the emphasis away from individuals who are not white to exploring whiteness, which is often the majority in trainings and organisations.
What makes an ally?
Who's decides if you are an ally?
What stops organisations from being allies?
Your journey is
important to us
Working as a therapist is unique to the individual. We hope to encourage that individuality in all our therapists. We are interested in each of our therapist's ideas and professional interests and will endeavor to both facilitate and support your work.
We aim to actively encourage and facilitate each other’s growth by providing complementary and/or affordable CPD, workshops and seminars that educate, develop and challenge our thinking and our work.
If you as a practitioner have a particular interest, specialty, or passion about certain issues and would like to lead or facilitate your own workshops or seminars we will hope to support you through the practice.
We believe in the collaborative process and a communal atmosphere and value your ideas and input.
Yoga sessions: We provide free yoga sessions for our therapists on Friday mornings at Aashna Finchley (N12), facilitated by Deb - an experienced yoga teacher and therapist.