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Kairo Maynard

MA Scholar  |  The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust  |  2020-2022

Kairo Maynard is an MA student at the Tavistock Centre where she has completed the post-graduate diploma in Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach at the Tavistock Centre. After this, she hopes to pursue the Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Tavistock.

Kairo is currently a HCPC registered Drama Therapist working in a NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. 

Since her therapy training, her main interests and the driving force for her work focus on intergenerational trauma and attachment, racial injustice and health inequalities which she has spoken and written about on a number of occasions. Alongside her therapy work, she is the Equality and Diversity Lead for her service and is passionate about improving access to mental health services for Black and other marginalised communities, whilst also advocating for further inclusion and visibility of Black, Asian and ethnic minority therapists and trainees. 

A list of her writings include:

  •  'Can Dramatherapy help Black women discover their true self despite racial and gender oppression?' research article in Dramatherapy Journal, 2018.
  • “As a Black therapist, I want to see action come out of mental health awareness discussions” in Mental Health Today (online), 2019.
  • Black Children and Autism in Lafiyah Health (online), 2017
  • Dramatherapy: History, Applications and Outcome Measures in ACAMH (online), 2018
  • Currently she is contributing to a book exploring Intersectionality in the Arts Therapies.