Kris Black is a UKCP Registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, MBACP Counsellor and a Supervisor in Training.
Kris is currently completing a Masters (Conversion) in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and is on the leadership group of the Black and Asian Therapists Network (BAATN). Kris set up Arc Therapy in 1991, and sees a range of clients in North and East London for counselling, psychotherapy and supervision.
Kris is the founder of Radical Dialogues ~ a group work and awareness programme combining art and psychotherapy to address and heal trauma caused by discrimination, violence and abuse.
Kris has worked within London for over 17 years as a therapist with children using an integrative and multi cultural framework, as many of her clients were seen as being at risk of school exclusion, or from economic or cultural backgrounds for whom therapy was not thought about as being accessible, her work has included family interventions and working with single parents.
Kris has also worked within the charity sector for over 30 years as a counsellor and a trainer on diverse issues such as hate crime, HIV, domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexuality, identity, fertility and health issues.
Kris believes the personal is political, and has contributed to many radical, black, women’s, and LGBTQ groups and campaigns at a grassroots level and upwards for most of her working life. Having studied law, she has worked within grassroots, national and international campaigns which have raised awareness about change, discriminatory legislation, attitudes and practices.
Kris believes psychotherapy and counselling can save lives as well as changing negative belief systems and therefore should be affordable and accessible to all ~ not just those with economic power. For this reason the majority of Kris’ work with clients has been within the education sector or the charity sector where clients who cannot afford services can access psychotherapy and counselling.
Kris was born into a working~class, mixed racial heritage family, living in north London’s council housing estates in the 60’s. She got involved with feminism and political activism when she was 18. Kris still describes herself as a feminist and does not think politics, activism, or campaigning to end inequality in society are counter~intuitive to being a professional psychotherapist or counsellor.
Kris has worked as a counsellor for over 30 years and as a psychotherapist since 1991 offering a service to a range of clients aged 3 to 93.
Kris is currently able to offer low cost psychotherapy and supervision in North London near Holloway Road / Finsbury Park, to people referring themselves through the Free Psychotherapy Network.
For further details 0776 137 1088,