All at IFT and in the UK systemic practice community will be greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of Matthew Ganda; everyone who met him professionally and personally, over the last 35 years, was struck by his humility, compassion and huge intelligence.
Matthew was originally from Zimbabwe. He came to the UK on his own at 17. When Matthew trained in the early 90’s he was working in Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS). He moved to community CAMHS as a Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist in 2009. Since the mid 2000’s Matthew was been based in inpatient adolescent services where he had a huge impact.
Matthew’s integrative practice was underpinned by social constructionism, Buddhist philosophy, post-colonial theory, nonviolent communication and Ubuntu. He was generous with his time and ideas and a fearless campaigner for anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. An excellent teacher, he touched all who knew him with his humanity and wisdom.
He worked with IFT for many years as a tutor and supervisor of clinical groups in training, and impacted greatly on many people’s lives and careers. He faced his illness and impending death with inspiring courage, and right up to the end he was engaged in intense conversations about all manner of subjects with friends and colleagues.
To his family we send our heartfelt condolences. He was one of the unsung heroes of our field.
Percy Agget and Rachel Watson