Anti-oppressive and inclusive practice in counselling and psychotherapy training

This event is for trainers and training providers of counselling and psychotherapy training courses which offer guidance and support on how to apply the toolkit in practice.

This event will be delivered by two members of the coalition who are experienced counselling and psychotherapy trainers. The authors of this first toolkit, Race is complicated: a toolkit for psychological therapies training, will provide an introduction to the toolkit. The presenters will offer guidance on how to apply it in teaching practice.

The programme for the event will be segmented to mirror the structure of the toolkit i.e.

  • the institution
  • the training programme
  • the individual tutor

The event will include a short introduction to the toolkit by the authors and 3 presentations followed by Q&A.


To view subtitles, select the 'CC' icon at the bottom of the video player and then 'English'.

About the presenters

Marcelline Menyié

Marcelline Menyié is an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist (MBACP), consultant and author (‘Race is complicated’, launching in 2023). Founder of Intra Therapy, Marcelline is a mental health advocate working with organisations, offering mental health awareness training and consultancy. Her extensive experience in the mental health sector has allowed her to work in communities and prisons within the NHS, charities and private sector, supporting young people and adults. Throughout her career, Marcelline has developed a passion for advocating for people from racialised communities. This passion planted a seed in becoming an advocate for anti-oppressive practice, thus co-founding ‘Routes Therapeutic Consultancy’, facilitating training and consultancy in anti-oppressive practice. With an interest in navigating sustainable change, Marcelline has led on quality improvement projects within the NHS. Identifying as a Black British, African woman of many hats, Marcelline hopes to one day travel with her experience, to support people from African nations, “it is important to stay connected to your roots and help grow your community”. She is passionate about writing, poetry, supporting people in reaching their full potential and making impactful, sustainable change.

“I am resolute, and I stand firmly in my truth”.

Danielle DZA Ifakemi Osajivbe-Williams

Danielle DZA Ifakemi Osajivbe-Williams is an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, consultant, author (‘Race is complicated’, launching in 2023) and performing artist who plants seeds for liberation via wellness technologies of past/present/future. She is concerned with the sensual, the spiritual and the ancestral, as the lens from which to make sense of experience. They are the founder of This Is Dream Roots and Co-founder of Routes Therapeutic Consultancy. 

Danielle is intent on bridging the gap between western psychology and traditional West African and ancestral healing practices as a decolonial, regenerative and practical resolve of the timeline we currently find ourselves in. For Danielle, our wellness and liberation is linked to the ability to trust our being and move from a place of awareness (of self and other), resource (resilience) and activation of personal power (àṣẹ). With values concerning healing justice, she supports environmental work and those with marginalised experiences through academia, performing arts, spirituality, consultancy, and therapy.

Based between London and Lagos, she works internationally and has consulted across the UK, Europe, and West Africa. Their background is in youth and community work, and they have over 10 years’ experience working with charitable organisations and activist spaces.

As Routes Therapeutic Consultancy (RTC), Marcelline and Danielle hope to build, grow and develop a sense of belonging within the counselling and psychotherapy profession, for individuals from racialised communities. “As RTC, we are here to safeguard anti-oppressive practice- we relate, inform, educate and challenge the status quo, by improving working cultures.”

Myira Khan

Myira Khan is a multi-award-winning Accredited Counsellor, Supervisor, Coach, Counselling Tutor and Founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN), and now published author with Working Within Diversity.

Myira has over 13 years of clinical experience, alongside delivering workshops, trainings and events, including on Working Within Diversity and anti-oppressive practice.

Working Within Diversity, both the book and accompanying workshop series, is a culmination of her clinical experience alongside an extensive teaching and training experience delivering workshops on identity, culture and diversity, to create a robust foundation and framework for anti-oppressive practice in therapy, supervision, coaching and all practitioner-led practices.

A visibly Muslim ethnically-minoritized practitioner, Myira represents a diversity within the therapeutic and coaching professions, promoting counselling and coaching to ethnically-minoritized, Muslim and under-represented marginalised communities and clients.

For a full list of publications and media contributions, conference and event appearances, social media and podcast appearances, and awards, please see Myira’s website:

Jessie Emilion

Jessie Emilion is a Counsellor and Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist, Supervisor, and trainer. Working in the NHS as a senior clinician for the last 20 years, she has an interest in bi-lingualism, culture, and race and the impact of these constructs on mental health. She has extensive experience of working with refugee communities as a clinician and an interpreter.

She teaches on the CAT programmes in the UK, India and Malta and was central to the introduction of CAT in India and Malta.

Jessie Emilion is employed by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as a Mood and Personality Psychology and Psychotherapy Lead & CAT Psychotherapy Lead at the Munro Centre. She is a member of the EDI Committee within HIPC UKCP, previously a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at UKCP and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Task and Finish group at BACP.

She works with several media companies, including the BBC and ITV and provides psychological assessments.


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