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.

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Our counsellors and therapists

Our team has been carefully recruited to reflect all letters, ages and demographics across the LGBTQ+ umbrella, as well as the BAME communit

Hugo Minchin @ Talk to the Rainbow

Hugo Minchin

Director & Co-founder, Counsellor

BSc (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MBACP

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 has an active private practice in central Bristol.


I abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework and it’s practice and training standards.

Dr Caroline Way @ Talk to the Rainbow

Dr Caroline Way

Clinical Advisor

Psychologist

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.

Donna @ Talk to the Rainbow

Donna

Counsellor and Mindfulness Therapy

MBACP

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 their ethical framework and their practice and training standards.

Sue @ Talk to the Rainbow

Sue

Counsellor

MBACP

I offer you a warm, respectful therapeutic relationship within a safe confidential space. I aim to help you with whatever difficulties you are experiencing. Talking can help us make sense of our emotions, problems, relationships, our loss or distress. Sometimes life is overwhelming and it is hard to cope alone. I am a humanistic, integrative counsellor. My belief is you have the ability to find your own path to being the person you want to be. My role is to help you make the changes you want, by adapting the ways we work together to suit your needs. Counselling might be simply just being listened to and understood; or it may be about finding ways to cope with the present problems; or it might be exploring the origins of your difficulties, perhaps in your early life. Ethical practice is my priority, I will work at all times to promote your wellbeing and protect you from harm. In this I am guided by the BACP code of ethics. My personal experience and my background in nursing has given me a broad awareness of how we suffer and struggle throughout our lifetime.

I have experience with

· Relationship difficulties

· Depression and anxiety

· Anger

· Lack of confidence, low self-esteem

· Bereavement and loss

· Domestic abuse

· Divorce

· Sexual abuse

· Suicidal thoughts and self-harm

· Childhood trauma

· Boarding school survivors

· Family conflict and estrangement

· Twin relationships

· Loneliness

Qualifications

· Diploma in Professional Counselling (Level 6) and Certificate in Counselling

University of the West of England (UWE)

· MBACP (registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

· BA Hons (Sociology) (UWE)

· General Nursing, Part One of the professional register

I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical framework and their practice and training standards.

Michelle @ Talk to the Rainbow

Michelle

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.

Hanz @ Talk to the Rainbow

Hanz

Counsellor

MBACP (Accred)

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.