Bea Killguss

Low-cost therapy, BA, MSc

NSPC Roles
Research Supervisors: Masters and Secondary,


Bea Mariam Killguss, BA, DELTA, MSc.

Availability:  Available 

NSPC roles: teaching and research supervision 

Contact:  b[email protected]

Research and Supervision

My research expertise lies at the intersection of Existential Philosophy, Psychotherapy, and Critical Diversity Studies. My work delves into issues of diversity, racism, uprootedness, migration, and transracial adoption. Employing the methodological approach of Auto-ethnography, I leverage personal experiences to critically analyse and challenge cultural beliefs and practices.

I primarily draw on an Auto-ethnographic approach, emphasising:

  • Drawing from personal experiences to explore and critique cultural phenomena.
  • Recognising and valuing interpersonal relationships in research.
  • Engaging in rigorous reflexivity to dissect the connections between self and society, personal and political realms.
  • Depicting individuals grappling with questions of existence and meaning.
  • Balancing intellectual rigor with emotional depth and creativity.
  • Striving for social justice and the improvement of lives.

Personal Research Titles

Identity and the Need to Belong: Understanding Identity Formation and Place in the Lives of Global Nomads
April 2008 Illness Crisis & Loss 16(2):137-151

"Subverting Identity: An Auto-ethnographic Critical Analysis of Contemporary Politics of Culture and Belonging as a Transracial Adoptee"  

(publication pending 2024) 

In my research, I utilise Auto-ethnography to illuminate the intricate intersections of identity, belonging, and oppression. I explore how religion, displacement, racism, and systemic oppression shape our understanding of self and society in our increasingly cosmopolitan world.

TRA Consultant and Speaker

As a Transracial Adoptee Consultant, I specialise in supporting individuals navigating the complex terrain of race and adoption. I offer a range of services, including Consulting, Coaching, Workshops, and Group Facilitation, designed to help transracial adoptees author their own narratives and embark on journeys of self-discovery and empowerment.

Main areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Exploring the psychosocial dynamics of adolescent mental health.
- Investigating factors contributing to and mitigating adolescent self-harm.
- Examining family dynamics, kinship, racism, and identity formation in the context of adoption and transracial adoption.
- Understanding cultural influences on anxiety and panic disorder.
- Unpacking the emotional impact of Boarding School Syndrome.
- Probing psychosocial factors for borderline personality disorder.
- Assessing long-term consequences of childhood neglect on mental health.
- Exploring the intersection of cultural identity and clash.
- Assessing psychosocial ramifications of culture shock and stress on mental health.
- Examining multifaceted influences on depression.
- Challenges of living in multiple countries.
- Evaluating the psychological impact of global and multicultural experiences.
- Psychological impact of life transitions: Navigating change and adaptation.
- Assessing mental health challenges and coping strategies in individuals living in high-stress/crisis environments.
- Understanding the interplay of marital dynamics and mental health.
- Exploring the impact of multilingual perspectives on perceptions and experiences of life.
- Unraveling the psychological dimensions of multicultural identity.
- Exploring psychological challenges and coping mechanisms of parents raising neurodivergent children.
- Investigating pre-partum depression generational transmission.
- Understanding (complex) post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Unpacking psychological impact of racism and micro-aggressions.
- Assessing psychological effects of religious abuse, legalism, and cultic experiences.
- Understanding psychological impact of terrorism.
- Maternal narratives: Interrogating identity and motherhood as a form of subversive resistance.
- Looking into psychological consequences of traumatic birth experiences.
- The influence of humanitarian efforts in hazardous environments on the mental well-being and resilience of their (adult) children.
- Exploring contending narratives: Exploring the intersections of colonialism, racism, uprootedness, alienation, and un-belonging in lived experiences.
- Investigating the phenomenon of multilingual, multicultural, and multi-religious upbringing, particularly in diverse cultural contexts.

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