Approach & my background

 Carmen Joanne Ablack
 Working with PEOPLE, PROCESSES and RESOLUTIONS

My theoretical and clinical approaches encompass

  • Integral-relational body psychotherapy,
  • Integrative psychotherapy and Jungian psychology
  • Gestalt psychology and psychotherapy,
  • Existential psychology and psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal psychology and systemic frames
  • Attention to the interplay of dynamics of soma-psyche, body-soul, being-identifying
  • Explorations of culture, heritage, identity and the intersubjectivity of relationships

Please see my Home pages for more details about my being with, thinking about and working with clients and supervisees.

A brief biography

I am a long-standing accredited registrant and Honorary Fellow of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and I have been leading and teaching groups since the 1980's and seeing counselling and then psychotherapy clients since the late 1980's. I am the Chair of the HIPC (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College) Assessment Board of UKCP.  I am an elected member of the Board of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy, EABP and I also chair their continuing professional development committee.

I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Supervision from the Metanoia Institute where I am a primary supervisor. I achieved an MSc in Leading and Managing Health and Social Care (Advanced Professional Practice) at the University of Westminster in October 2014.  I currently teach on the MA programme at the Gestalt Centre London and am a former trainer and supervisor at the Chiron Centre.

I am a long standing member and former chair of the Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists. I have been a visiting tutor and supervisor at psychotherapy trainings in Europe since the early 1990's.  I am a clinical associate and member of the leadership group of the Black and Asian Therapists Network. I am an experienced gay and sexual diversity (GSD)-friendly clinical practitioner and supervisor.  I have a background in performance and facilitating performers as well as an extensive knowledge of working with plurality, identity, trauma, relationship, adult family relationships and group processes as a psychotherapist and as organisational consultant in the UK and abroad.


Other areas of experience and services offered

In addition I also provide external moderation, organisational consultancy or organisational supervision to a number of mental health and psychotherapy organisations, including having been external moderator for Pink Therapy from 2008 to June 2015; I was external moderator for the Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology UK until 2016. 

I was joint chair of the Professional Occupational Practice Committee, a member of the Diversity, Equalities and Social Responsibility Committee and was on the Book Editorial Board of UKCP. I have been a lead assessor for the five-yearly review and re-accreditation of organisational members of my college, Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, HIPC for more than a decade. I am the current Chair of the HIPC Assessment Board. I am a former trustee, chair of standards board, chair of education and training and was on the executive committee in UKCP.  I was also a trustee for Nafsiyat a UKCP organisational member in the psychoanalytic, Jungian analytic and psychodynamic college CPJAC.

 

If you are interested in knowing more about my other services, please see here for more details. These include:

  • Organisational consultancy and training
  • Coaching and coaching supervision
  • Relationships and teams mediation services
  • Team development training
  • Personal development and experiential groups

You can  contact me here if you wish to ask about these services or about the group for Black women professionals.

I am an accredited registrant member of UKCP, which is a voluntary regulator accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I choose to be registered and accredited with UKCP and my professional work as a psychotherapist is covered by the requirements of the UKCP Complaints and Conduct Process, click here to link to UKCP website.