LGBTQ+ and allied counsellors and therapists
Our mission is to create a centre for therapeutic excellence and safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community
Our counsellors and therapists
We’ve brought together of a team of highly trained and experienced therapists, counsellors, psychologists and mindfulness practitioners with lived experience or strong links to the LGBTQ+ Community.
The team was carefully chosen to reflect a diverse range of training and approaches in order to offer a holistic approach to helping our clients.
We also have the unique capacity to provide a team-based approach to healing if our clients want to take a holistic and multi-pronged approach to their journey.
We actively engage in professional development and training and many of our therapists have published or are actively involved in ongoing therapeutic research.
We believe that therapy should be accessible to all and invite any clients who may be struggling for financial reasons to contact us as we have several discounted places available.
All our therapists abide by the BACP Ethical Framework, the therapeutic benchmark for excellence in ethical practice and training standards.Contact
Our counsellors and therapists
Our team has been carefully recruited to reflect all letters, ages and demographics across the LGBTQ+ umbrella
Director & Co-founder, Counsellor
BSc (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MBACP, Member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, Member of the National Counselling Society, Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
An experienced person-centred relational Counsellor/Therapist based in Bristol and central London I adopt an integrative relational approach to counselling and therapy and a holistic view of healing.
I firmly believe in giving my clients ownership of the therapeutic process and will adapt my approaches and suggest ways of working aligned with your lived experiences and aims. Empathic, atuned and non-judgemental I aim to offer an experienced safe holding experience for anyone considering therapy. Core to my approach is the relationship I establish with my clients, a safe and supportive platform and a springboard for growth and healing.
As part of the LGBTQ+ community, I have had my own experiences of discrimination, shame and internalised homophobia. I am involved in ongoing research into mental health issues facing the community and how to help work with the community to help resolve these, as well as lobby for change.
I have extensive experience working with substance misuse/addiction, internalised trans/homo/phobia, stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, bereavement, depression, complex/multiple diagnoses and trauma. I am also qualified to work with young persons/adolescents and children.
When not managing the services at Talk to the Rainbow I also have an active private practice in central Bristol.
I am a Member of the the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its Ethical Framework and its practice and its training standards.
Director & Co-founder, Counsellor
Tara is an experienced trainee counsellor based in Bristol working with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Alongside co-founding Talk to the Rainbow, Tara has been working as a volunteer at the Swan Project for over three years; an organisation which works with alcohol and drugs. She also works at Bristol Mind as a counsellor specialising in Trans/Queer and Questioning clients. Tara, a Trans woman herself, has also previously volunteered on the Mind UK Transline service and local Mindline services, however she has recently stopped working on both after three years to focus on her passion of counselling.
Tara wants to provide all her clients with safe and open space to talk about their fears. She offers her clients a place where the unspeakable can be spoken about, without judgement. Tara is currently under training at BCPC, and in studying in her final year towards becoming a Psychotherapeutic counsellor with UKCP
Dr Caroline Way
I am a Psychologist and Behavioural Specialist Consultant (BSC) who has worked extensively in the field of mental and behavioural health. I am interested in cross-cultural and community psychology underpinned by the experience of having lived and worked in such diverse contexts as Africa and the United States of America.
Through my research work I have developed a deeper understanding of feminist and post-feminist literature as agency for change, and interpretive phenomenology (phenomenological analysis) for its applicability in psychological research.
I have a particular fondness for Narrative therapy, employing methodological tools such as ‘The Listening Guide’ and narrative analysis to supplement an understanding of the lived experiences of others.
I am well-versed in utilising TA (Transactional Analysis), DBT and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to support my work with others.
Previous experience working with youth and young adults has included targeted interventions to address eating disorders, addiction, juvenile criminal behaviour and family conflict/ family breakdown.
There is an imperative for Treatment plans that are strength-based, collaborative, non-aversive and which respect the social-cultural background of client and family.
I am a member of the BPS (The British Psychological Society), a member of the
ACAYMH (Association for Child and Youth Mental Health) in the USA. I am a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and AMCD (Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development).
I abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework and it’s practice and training standards.
Counsellor and Mindfulness Therapy
An experienced counsellor, I am also a fully qualified Mindfulness therapist and I am Director and founder of the Mindful Parenting & Community Project
As a mother of an LGBTQ daughter I am aware of some of the challenges that are faced when discovering our true selves. It can be hard to understand some of the feelings, thoughts and sensations that arise on this journey of discovery and confusion may be strengthened by negative external influences. My priority is to support individual human beings find peace and deep connection to a sense of a ‘true self’ beyond any labels or beliefs that are socially constructed.
If life feels like it’s falling apart and you feel lost, I can help you find your way back home reconnecting you to your mind, body and soul. I will hold you on this journey of exploration through a combination of talking, sensing and working with the body using approaches such as counselling, mindfulness and somatic bodywork to help you towards wholeness. Honesty and vulnerability are important to me. I offer strong boundaries and space that is fully accepting to support the best possible healing. The healing you desire comes from within you and the answers you seek are waiting in the wisdom of your body.
I have worked with black and minority ethnic groups in central Bristol for over 15 years. Specifically, in recent years I have been privileged to work with refugees and immigrants.
I welcome people with mobility issues. My location has level wheelchair access but no accessible toilet. I am working on this.
I have offered counselling to clients experiencing anxiety, depression PTSD and Trauma for 2 years at Wellbeing Therapies.
As Director, founder and volunteer at the Mindful Parenting & Community Project I work hard to bring free Mindfulness courses to groups of vulnerable and disadvantaged families, children and young people.
Together we start from the stance that your experience in all its uniqueness is the point of exploration. Exploration of the present moment experience gives us all we need to begin feeling whole again.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework and their practice and its training standards.
My therapeutic approach takes account of the importance of identity and culture in shaping our experience, and their influences on mental health and sense of self.
I offer a reflective space that is non-judgmental, containing and safe from which to explore aspects of ourselves through thoughts, feelings and experiences.
I work affirmatively with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (GSRD) including trans and queer identities, non-monogamy, and gender fluid.
As we are all individual and carry our unique experiences, we all naturally need different things from counselling. I use an integrative, person-centred approach which means finding a way of working together that feels right for you, drawing from different techniques which will support you through the process of counselling.
I also have experience working with refugee and asylum seekers, adults needing low cost counselling and young adults in schools. I have specific experience and interest with trauma, addiction, loss and bereavement, and relationship challenges. I feel I bring these skills and knowledge into my sessions with clients providing a confidential, supportive, open space to discuss any experiences a client wishes to bring. I have a calm, warm, patient presence which I feel I bring to the therapy room.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework and its practice and training standards.
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in advanced training
As a psychotherapeutic counselling trainee at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, I am a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, both of which have accredited my training. I have run a private coaching practice for 8 years, and have over 600 client hours and I have over 150 supervised client hours of counselling practice to date.
I am trained in short and long-term psychodynamic model, interpersonal and humanistic counselling, in body psychotherapy interventions and am experienced in working with clients issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, chronic pain and acquired disability.
I am the founder of Healing Boxes CIC, The Phoenix Fire Academy and I facilitate Creative Therapeutic Journaling workshops.
My research interests include social justice, dissociation and embodiment.
I am a Student Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework and its practice and training standards.
I work on a one to one basis and my work is primarily person-centred. This means that I can offer a comfortable, non-judgmental and confidential space to clients and with these settings in place combined with empathy, and warmth, a person can freely explore their thoughts and feelings. This can lead to further understanding issues, highlighting a way forward, and lead to personal growth.
As part of the LGBTQ+ community I understand some of the difficulties and challenges many of us face, and am passionate about working within the community to help.
I have had several years of experience working with people who have suffered from addictions of many forms (Alcohol, gambling, sex, drugs). These addictions are usually a symptom of underlying issues. I have also worked with a wide range of complex issues including loss and grief, relationship issues, work related issues, and many others.
I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework and have regular supervision to ensure I can offer you the best practice.
Integrative Therapist, Body Mapping Practitioner and Dance of Awareness Facilitator
I am a fierce believer in people, I know that we all have the potential to meet and integrate our power and wisdom, I also know and understand that being human and being in a body can be a challenging experience. I offer a space for you to move into, move with and move through what has been and continues to be held in your body, mind, stories and sense of self. I am inspired by an integrative embodied way of working; this draws upon body-oriented psychotherapy, creative imagination and person-centred approaches, this means that beyond talking in sessions we might explore movement, body dialogue, sound exploration, breath awareness, somatic storytelling and/or body mapping meditations, I would work with you collaboratively to find what feels supportive.
I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and I am committed to holding a safe, supportive and gentle space where you can be who you are and I can be who I am, and together we can build a relationship that gives you space to explore, be aware and allow a process between what was, what is and what will be. At the heart of all my work is the relationship that we create together, I see the relationship as the foundation of the work; the ground and roots from which all else grows.
I am an accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have regular supervision; I attend Peer Support and I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development. I attend courses and workshops that are holistic in nature, I feel this expands my own awareness and deepens my understanding of what it is to be human in the world today.
Qualifications and courses
- FdSc Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Post qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind
- Certificate in Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy: Dance of Soma & Psyche (completing in 2021)
- Bodylistening programme - A grounding in body psychotherapy and deep bodywork
- Dance of Awareness Practitioner training
- Somatic Body Mapping Practitioner Mentorship
Thank you for considering how my services as a chartered psychologist and person-centred counsellor (in-training) could help unravel the questions, challenges and needs you are facing right now.
I am registered as: a qualified chartered psychologist with The British PsychologicalSociety (BPS); a person-centred counsellor (in-training) and, thus, I am a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy; and I am anaccredited member of The Foundation for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.
I work with LGBTQ+ clients who are experiencing challenges relating to their sexuality and/or gender identity as well as more broader challenges related to: mental ill-health, heteronormativity, stigma, discrimination and/or prejudice.
I have developed, co-facilitated and/or facilitated one-to-one sessions and groupworkshops on LGBTQ+: anxiety awareness, depression, binge eating, emotional eating, working through the winter blues, eating well, cutting back on alcohol, improving interview skills, CV writing, positive body language, building confidence and self-esteem, suicide awareness and meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ people with mental health needs.
Life can throw many diverse challenges at us: for example loss, crisis and/or change that can cause us to questions our sense of direction. Yet I believe that within these challenging times we have the ability to grow and develop - even flourish - through exploring how our emotional, psychological and physical health and wellbeing are interconnected: the way in which one area feeds into another. This path of change often requires us to explore our internal and external worlds: who we are, our authentic selves, others around us as well as the world in which we live.
My sessions are delivered through a person-centered strength-based perspective with directive and none-directive dialogues/assessments/goal setting and, consequently, the building of a ‘resilience toolbox’ as a means to manage future stress, anxiety or trauma.
In my sessions, I will always:
provide you with a trusting and safe space to explore your feelings and
emotions and, thus, what is influencing your crisis;
assist you in understanding these challenges but also the possibilities for
positive growth and change and;
navigate collaboratively the challenges you are facing.
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling – in progress
Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Wellbeing
Higher National Certificate in Nursing Studies
PGCE Post16 Education
MA Community Psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychology and Disability
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Fine Art and Psychology
Safeguarding - Pass
Equality and Diversity - Pass
Data Protection (GDPR) - Pass
Dignity at Work – Pass
Communicating with Care - Pass
Health and Safety - Pass
Suicide Prevention - Pass
Counselling Online (BACP) - Pass
MA in Practice-Based Play Therapy, PGdip Clinical Supervision (Provisional), BSc (Hons) Deaf Studies
Kasia is a qualified play therapist who has been practising for over 12 years. She has an MA in Practice-based Play Therapy and is a provisional clinical supervisor. Kasia has experience working with adults and is currently in training as a counsellor.
As a member of the LGBT+ community, Kasia understands the diversity of difficulties faced and is passionate about providing support for the mental health of all members of the community by working with all age groups and with their support systems (e.g. family, schools, churches). With a background in drama and music, and through her life and work internationally (in Vietnam, Poland, Austria and the USA), Kasia brings a further diversity and vibrancy to her work with clients.
When not working in private practice Kasia works for a school for the Deaf and The Family Centre for Deaf Children. and is qualified to level six equivalency in BSL (British Sign Language).
As an LGBT+ Christian, Kasia values every individual and respects the experiences, beliefs and struggles of all her clients. She is passionate about inclusion in all areas of life for LGBT+ humans and is working for inclusion in churches, schools, healthcare, entertainment etc.
She has particular experience working with anxiety, low self-esteems, gender identity, selective mutism, parenting issues, divorce/separation, trauma, adoption, attachment difficulties, ASD, ADHD, language delay, and conduct/ behaviour difficulties. She uses play therapy to facilitate for her clients to explore different parts of the self, relational difficulties and past experiences that affect current health and happiness.
Play therapy is a diverse creative arts therapy that can benefit anyone in its promotion of self-expression, creating new coping strategies and in providing new perspectives as these expressions are visually displayed. Kasia firmly believes in non-directive, client-led therapy and will adapt and attune to your needs, working at your pace. Kasia can work with individuals and groups.
Kasia abides by the PTUK ethical framework, including its practice and training standards.
Integrative Counsellor and Couples Therapist
I am a professional counsellor experienced in working with young people and adults.
My training includes a FdSc in Counselling from the University of Gloucestershire, I have undertaken training in working with survivors of all kinds of abuse and clients who disassociate. I also trained to support people who use self-harm as a way of coping.
My experience has been gathered over the years by working for a counselling organisation which offers affordable counselling in people’s homes.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor but very person centred at the core of the counselling experience I offer. What this means for you is, I allow you to bring and explore what’s on your mind, rather than trying to fit you into a specific theoretical model. Within our sessions I will offer validation, reflection, humour and challenge to help you understand yourself better.
I am patient, transparent, honest and resilient, these qualities are fundamental to building a therapeutic relationship.
It is within the relationship that we develop that you will find a safe place for you to work through the life challenges that have brought you to counselling.
The exact way we work will be different to anyone else as you are an individual where we will generate your own unique way of working.
From me you will receive a non-judgemental, empathic, confidential experience alongside ethical working in accordance with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I believe I can offer therapeutic healing relationships to aid people to facilitate change. If there is anything you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
I have experience with a wide range of issues including Abuse, Trauma and Dissociation, Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, Self-harm, Shame and Guilt, Fear, Family issues, Loss and Bereavement, Chronic Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, LGBT, Relationship breakdown, Self-esteem, Sexual identity, and Age-related issues, whether it is loss of a partner/job/lifestyle/mobility or mental health
My. life experience and working background is broad and diverse supporting people from all walks of life across many issues.
Michelle Dance, Drama and Movement Therapist
Michelle is a freelance dance/movement psychotherapist and creative arts facilitator. Utilising multiple methods such as; dance, creative movement, drama, choreography and comedy performance, she works with groups and individuals, from a person centred approach that is underpinned by equality and inclusion.
She has been qualified as a DMP and practicing since 2009 within a variety of settings; from schools to hospitals to colleges and therapeutic spaces. Working with different groups of people; age ranges and abilities and specialist needs.
She has a background in youth and community work with extensive experience of LGBTplus groups and integrates her skills in creative arts within that remit.
Michelle enjoys finding new ways for creative expression through the creative arts and views this as a constant opportunity for self discovery - she firmly believes in both verbal and non-verbal methods of communication as a powerful route to our authentic selves, our relationship to our body/mind connectivity and to use as interpersonal resources on our own journey. Dance therapy can be a positive healing tool on many levels; emotional, mental and spiritual as well as our physical well being.
Through her journey of seeking, it turns out Michelle is great at fire twirling! and improvised comedy! She is part of the team for LGBT+ community radio show in Bristol.
Michelle currently runs dance movement therapy sessions with a group of adults with different abilities with Dance2Be.
I am an Integrative Counsellor working with any individual who wishes to access counselling. I am a part of the LGBTQ+ community, identifying as a non-binary pansexual person and work with anyone both within and out of the LGBTQ+ community. I have personal experience of many of life's pressures and challenges, including the difficulties surrounding ‘coming out’ and of being a non-binary person and how this impacts us.
My work is based in Person-Centred counselling, drawing on other approaches, such as Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Psychodynamic, to inform my work. I acknowledge that each individual has a unique perspective on life, due to their experiences and so I tailor my approach to fit the needs of each person I work with.
I provide a warm, understanding and compassionate approach and it is my aim to build and nurture a relationship of trust and honesty to enable you to gain a sense of choice in your life. I offer a safe, supportive, friendly and confidential space for you to feel able to explore your feelings and a space to express yourself in the knowledge that I accept you as you are, without judgment. I view therapy as a creative partnership: the relationship between us is the medium through which learning and development takes place. I believe that everyone has the ability to make changes in their lives and their thinking and, with support, can work towards a more contented and happy way of being. I am constantly in awe of the transformation that people can make through counselling and I feel privileged to be able to be a part of it.
Accreditation, training, qualifications & experience.
I am an Accredited Member of the BACP with a Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have studied Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt models.
I have experience of working short and long term with clients with a wide range of issues and from a wide range of backgrounds, including supporting people with depression and anxiety, PTSD, CPTSD, difficulties around gender identity, body dysmorphia, sexuality, addiction and victims of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework and its practice and training standards.
Mental Health Advocate
I have struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember, anxiety, depression and feelings of worthlessness were the norm growing up. This made coming to terms with my sexuality a little trickier as it was another example of not fitting in. Things have improved as I start to take apart social constructs and expectation of what it is to be a gay man in today’s world and how to become authentically myself. My goals now are to have open conversation around mental health and it actually looks like, I will make the dark corners of mental health a talking point!