Publications

THE RACE CONVERSATION: An Essential Guide to Creating Life-Changing Dialogue.

You can receive a copy of the book before the official release date and get 25% off (cheaper than Amazon). Order now and have it delivered free worldwide before the release date of the 4th March 21. Offer lasts until the 31 March 21.

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The code is: ELLIS25

It would be impossible to exaggerate how important this book is for our times. Eugene Ellis brings both personal experience and psychotherapeutic insight into this, often fraught, area with compassion, thoughtfulness and rigour.” – Judy Ryde, author of White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution.

This book has been written to help us take an honest look at who we really are. It is here to help us dig deep. It is here to heal the nation. I’m no psychotherapist, but I get it. After years of experience on the front-line helping people like me, Eugene has written a book that I believe can change the way we relate to each other and the way we relate to ourselves. He writes in a logical, accessible way, and makes The Race Conversation, our conversation“- Benjamin Zephaniah, author, poet, lyricist and musician.

THE RACE CONVERSATION: An Essential Guide to Creating Life-Changing Dialogue. You can receive a copy of the book before the official release date and get 25% off (cheaper than Amazon). Order now and have it delivered free worldwide before the release date of the 4th March 21. Offer lasts until the 31 March 21.

Order your copy

The code is: ELLIS25

It would be impossible to exaggerate how important this book is for our times. Eugene Ellis brings both personal experience and psychotherapeutic insight into this, often fraught, area with compassion, thoughtfulness and rigour.” – Judy Ryde, author of White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution.

This book has been written to help us take an honest look at who we really are. It is here to help us dig deep. It is here to heal the nation. I’m no psychotherapist, but I get it. After years of experience on the front-line helping people like me, Eugene has written a book that I believe can change the way we relate to each other and the way we relate to ourselves. He writes in a logical, accessible way, and makes The Race Conversation, our conversation“- Benjamin Zephaniah, author, poet, lyricist and musician.

In this insightful and accessible book, Eugene Ellis tackles a challenging topic with candor, honesty and courage. He manages to clarify the complexity of the race construct and its debilitating impact on our bodies, mental health, and relationships, while at the same time to instil hope for healing this legacy. Readers will find themselves inspired by knowledge and empowered by awareness so that enriching conversations about race become possible.

Pat Ogden

PhD, Founder, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; Author, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context

This is a must-have book for all therapists working with people of African and Asian diaspora heritage who want to understand the impact of historical and modern-day racism on the Black British psyche.  This timely publication, in the context of Black Lives Matter and racial trauma, will help practitioners to create the space and dialogue for inclusive conversation and change with their clients and the wider community. Eugene has powerfully captured the nuances and fractures of trauma, where our minds and bodies have been dehumanised for far too long and takes us towards reclaiming our sanity and positive growth.

Patrick Vernon

OBE, social commentator and co author of 100 Great Black Britons

When the history of therapy’s engagement with race and diversity comes to be written, Eugene Ellis will be one of the most important figures in the narrative. In this book, he confirms his standing as a leading theorist as well as an activist. The innovative strength of the book lies in its focus on the body on how the race construct and its traumas are held in the bodies of people of colour and also of the white majority.

Andrew Samuels

Former Chair UK Council for Psychotherapy

An essential read that facilitates the language of listening and hearing in the context of intersectionality and the racial construct. Launched from his personal and professional experience as a therapist, the author presents an insightful and empirical text. He addresses rage, vulnerability and trauma across racial lines and creates a pathway to the understanding of racial dialogue. He makes clear the unconscious processes of internalised racism and a sense of ‘community responsibility’. The book emphasises the multi-faceted positions of racism, mindfulness and body connections that trigger ‘racial arousal’. Examples of dialogue prompt further understanding and unravel ‘race construction’. An undercurrent of external and internal prompts such as white fragility and white privilege is used to contextualise interrelationships between African and Asian people and white people. This book is an important contribution to keeping the race conversation alive

Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga

Author of The Challenge of Racism in the Therapeutic Process

In this comprehensive text, Eugene Ellis describes a pathway to racial understanding, speaking to both the history of racism and the psychology of race relations, interwoven with a mindfulness-based, somatically-informed model for addressing the effects of this history on all of us. He leaves us with much to converse about! 

Janina Fisher

Ph.D., Author of “Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma” and “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

How the mental construction “race” affects the inner life, the very bodies, of individuals is little recognised and less explored. The Race Conversation is a groundbreaking and timely study that brought me, a white English Buddhist, new awareness of my own inner experience and has already benefitted my participation in the “race conversation” through greater understanding of how the construction of race impacts on the psychic and somatic experience of People of Colour

Subhuti

Member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, President of the London Buddhist Centre

This book has been written to help us take an honest look at who we really are. It is here to help us dig deep. It is here to heal the nation. I’m no psychotherapist, but I get it. After years of experience on the front-line helping people like me, Eugene has written a book that I believe can change the way we relate to each other and the way we relate to ourselves. He writes in a logical, accessible way, and makes The Race Conversation, our conversation

Benjamin Zephaniah

author, poet, lyricist and musician.

It would be impossible to exaggerate how important this book is for our times. Written, as it was, in the wake of Brexit, the Election of Donald Trump and of Black Live Matter, it tells of the way that race and the damaging way that conscious and unconscious ideas of race, are woven into society. This is a time when the divisive nature of race is beginning to be better understood but is, at the same time resurgent. Race is a construct with a terrible history that is held deep within the body of individuals and in communities, both white and non-white. Eugene Ellis brings both personal experience and psychotherapeutic insight into this, often fraught area, with compassion, thoughtfulness and rigour. This subject is one of the crucial issues of our age and needs people of his calibre to help us through to a more healthy and equitable society. He is one of the few people who can bring political, societal and psychological insights together to help us better understand what will make the difference for change to happen.

Judy Ryde

author of White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution.

THE RACE CONVERSATION: An Essential Guide to Creating Life-Changing Dialogue.

You can receive a copy of the book before the official release date and get 25% off (cheaper than Amazon). Order now and have it delivered free worldwide before the release date of the 4th March 21. Offer lasts until the 31 March 21.

Order your copy 

The code is: ELLIS25

BOOK CHAPTERS

Race Issues in Therapy: Finding Our Voice across the Black/White Divide. In Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments. 2019.

First Steps in Counselling: Colourblindness in counselling – soon to be published by PCCS Books

ARTICLES

Towards a Rainbow-Coloured Therapeutic Community: Psychotherapy and Politics International. 9(3): 188–193 (2011)

Updating Psychotherapy Training: equality and diversity issues in psychotherapy training: The Psychotherapist. Issue 61: Autumn 2015

Why Strong Black People Do Go To Counselling. The Voice Newspaper. November 8 – 14, 2012

Silenced: the black student experience. Therapy today. December 2013

These and other articles can be found here

 

KEYNOTE & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

April 2009: The Black and Asian Therapist Network Conference. What Happens in The Therapy Room. 

June 2016: Embodying Social Justice Conference. The Race Conversation, Being Aware of the Body and Finding Our Voice. 

March 2017: Centre for Pan African Thought Conference: Tackling Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. The Myths and Benefits of Psychotherapy 

May 2017: Keele Counselling Conference. The Taboo Of Talking Openly About Race. 

May 2017: University of Edinburgh, Annual Margaret Jarvie lecture. Finding Your Voice. Race Trauma and the Body. 

October 2018: Confederation for Analytical Psychology: On Culture, Clinical Training/Practice and Racism. The Collective Intergenerational Wound.

March 2019: Confer – Post-Slavery Syndrome Conference: Intergenerational PTSD in the Consulting Room Today. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and PTSD in the Black Community