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Lennox K. Thomas the pioneering black psychotherapist has died

Lennox K. Thomas the pioneering black psychotherapist has died

We are sad to acknowledge the death of Lennox K. Thomas [(MA, CQSW, BPC, AFT, UKCP (Fellow)], the respected and prominent black psychotherapist. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and all those who will miss his pioneering wisdom and wise presence.

He was the first senior probation officer of African Caribbean origin. He then trained in child development, clinical social work, child and family psychotherapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

He was Clinical Director of Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre and Co-Director of the University College (London) MSc in Intercultural Psychotherapy. He was the co-founder and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Refugee Therapy Centre. Influenced by his work with children and parents in hospitals and probation, he had an interest in attachment and transgenerational family trauma.

His teachings in the field of psychotherapy and counselling embraced the consequences and benefits of Eurocentric psychoanalytic psychotherapy and trauma. He advocated for the transformation of the discipline to account for the impact of colonisation, war, ethnic cleansing, immigration and assimilation on family and individuals.

Through his publications and talks, Lennox contributed to theory and engaged in intercultural insights to audiences in elegant, tactful and humorous ways. He sensitively addressed the historical effects of colonisation, racism and other oppressions on Black, Asian and immigrant populations.

He will be greatly missed.

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