Feedback from Rainbow Map Workshop Participants

Question: What went well? What elements, if any, might you consider integrating into your practice?

7 March 2020, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK: Commissioned and organised by Andrew Thomas, Creator of the Rainbow Map. 

  • An open, honest and clear exploration into Rainbow Mapping. Interactive way of passing on/teaching how the model works to highlight triggers and develop awareness and understanding of the reflective mind and reactive brain and body. This will support my client’s awareness and growth.

  • Usually I dread doing interactive group work but this workshop has made me rethink this. Being not only the therapist, but also the client has helped me connect emotionally with the Rainbow map. I will use this in my practice!

  • Love this! So many of my clients will benefit from this. Anxiety is my niche, so will be using this straight away! Course material fab!” Thank you for a fantastic day!


  • I will definitely use the Rainbow Map with some of my clients. I have one 20-year-old that I feel would benefit form it. Psychoeducation is important to me and helpful for clients. Good to have the practice sessions.


  • I found the practical emphasis very helpful for me to learn about and understand the Rainbow map. It has given me the confidence to use it with my clients and I believe I can see how useful it can for some of the them. I have been pondering for some time how I could integrate my understanding of the impact of trauma into my practice, and the Rainbow Map could be the missing link.

  • Pre course reading was pitched at the right level, just like goldilocks porridge it was just right, loved that we just got on with it – not to introduce each other or consider each other’s ego. We were there for ourselves and that is what it was


  • Good presentation – clear and easy to understand. The map can be used where I may be feeling stuck in getting clients to open up. Great to be able to practise using the map with own experiences. All in all a great day.  


  • Would very like to integrate with my EFT practice. Also find it would be useful to integrate with my psychodynamic training and bring more attention to emotions and feelings. I genuinely believe this course exceeded my expectations and felt the information and theory in advance was helpful.


  • The pre course reading was very helpful. Having enough time to practice the model out as both client and therapist. There is often a “squashing” of the practical element on CPD days. You the point well that this is a therapeutic tool and not a stand-alone model. Your generosity at every level of this course is amazing, Thank you Andrew.


  • I think this can be a useful tool in my therapy sessions, especially with couples. I need to study it and practice how I can incorporate it into my style of working. An enjoyable day, lunch was just right. I was interested and intrigued by the concept. So not of how it might be better. The informality was relaxing. The prepared folder so informative. I so like the “how to” check list.


  • The map is very methodical and accessible. I am going to enjoy supporting clients using the map. To develop their self-awareness and open up their choices around their behaviours and relationships.


  • I like the practical aspect of this CPD. This has given me the opportunity to try it out myself. I have always worked with Triggers and saw an excellent opportunity to do a training on it. It is indeed a fantastic tool which I will use from next week.

  • I found it stimulated aspects of my thoughts that maybe I’ve suppressed for fear of what others may think – which could be a very useful tool in some sessions with clients, who may not have shared before.

  • Thank you for the wonderful “pay it forward” approach not just to the CPD, the folder, the lunch, the charity – wonderful.


  • Easy pace well delivered. It is not instead of my therapy; it is more an add on. Although it is things, we think we know seeing it written down is helpful.


  • Really like the Rainbow Map. I will definitely be using it in my practice. I’m already thinking of ways I can help young people identify “change” by using this tool. Really great day – honest welcoming and very useful.


  • Struggled to get it at first but I began to get the hang of it I see it would useful for some clients. Will likely integrate aspects to full range depending on client. Focus on the what can seen/felt/noticed in detail and thicken. While I recognise, we need to become aware of the the low places we can go will need to consider how much emphasis to place on the blue bits. Very like the focus on recognising escalation of heightened emotions & thoughts. AT: Yes for some clients going across the whole of the blue zone would not be suitable however it appears for most there is some use in actually seeing on the map how low they can go especially in couple work in terms of the partner being aware, coupled with the trigger cycle.


  • The role session where we acted as therapist and client were very helpful. Also, good clear explanation.


  • Being “walked through” the Rainbow Map was really useful. Breaking down all the sections was interesting.

22 Feb 2020, Crediton, Devon, UK. Commissioned by Claire Derby, Local CPD Group Leader.

  • I will use this method with the majority of my clients. It really does fill a space. I do already use the theory but it’s great to have the structure the Rainbow Map provides. I really like the structure and helpfulness of the folder.

  • Andrew’s openness and availability to questions and thoughts. Rainbow as an extra tool – even for severe cases, maybe in a supplementary session.

  • Understanding the Rainbow Map. Definitely some of it.

  • Materials, delivery, pace, content, all elements.

  • I practice Gestalt psychotherapy and like the overlap of phenomenological enquiry and exploration of introjects with the Rainbow Map. I am not sure if or how I will integrate it directly into my practice but feel there has been some value in studying it and may use it indirectly.

  • I will certainly use the Map and Trigger Flag and Trigger Cycle for individual and couple work. I appreciated the time management and professional delivery. We focussed on the subject. Thanks for making the tea and being generous with the resources.

  • I might use this with some clients to help them see their triggers and behaviours in action. I can see that it can bring up a lot of material for further work. I liked that you wanted to include everyone by getting the chairs right. A lot of sitting, but hey an occupational hazard!

  • It all went well. Great working with colleagues familiar and new. I found the Rainbow Map CPD a useful session in my understanding of the trauma process.

  • Interesting framework. I have some clients that the whole thing may work well with. In general, it has been useful to visit these concepts in an experiential way and I expect that this will translate well into the counselling room.

  • Appreciated not having to introduce ourselves in a cringey way. Well produced CPD with thorough and clear notes to take away and sheets to use with clients. The Reflective Mind and Reactive Brain/Reactive Body as the hyper/hypo triggering concepts is valuable psychoeducation I will use. Love the Rainbow Map concept and I look forward to trying it. Valuable being able to try the Rainbow Map during the day.

  • I think I will use it. I can see the benefit of using with couples and some individuals. I liked not having a share around and it was a nice sized group.

  • All of it.

  • I like the concept and the way it has been arranged. It sits well with my style of working. I appreciated not having an endless check in.

  • Great practical work, feeling as a client using it.

9 Nov 2019, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, UK: Commissioned and organised by Andrew Thomas, Creator of the Rainbow Map.

  • I like how there were sufficient opportunities to put the ideas into practice.

  • I enjoyed the day. Venue was good. I am unsure as yet if I will use the Rainbow Map in practice. There was a lot to take and not sure I am confident to use it.

  • Filling out the Rainbow Map will assist increasing awareness of trigger responses – really useful where awareness is helpful at therapy stage. We worked on preferences and cycle too. Useful with emotional dysregulation clients and working with trauma. Love the practise parts.

  • Really like the Aide Memoire with feelings and thoughts. Helps clients come up with more than just “frustrated”.

  • It fits well into Polyvagal Theory and EMDR and so can used as additional tool in treatment.

  • A good visual representation of what goes on for us emotionally, mentally and physically when we are under extreme distress. Andrew is clear in his explanation.

  • The fact it was practical and experiential I found extremely helpful. The fact it is applicable across all modalities and easily integrated into a session. The informality of the workshop and time available to meet and mingle share experiences also added to the educational value of the day.

  • Introduction of the Rainbow Map and FOPPI. Talks with others about the flexibility of the Map and very helpful in developing emotional awareness. Helpful with children and parents. For self – useful and enlightening to see the trigger cycle duration. For those who are very disassociated can start with what the observe in another e.g. partner and then more able to be aware of themselves.

  • I can see how useful this technique will be integrating into my practice. I envisage using quite well into my treatment plan. Thoroughly enjoyed it, well explained.

  • This has help be thoughtful about how clietns get triggered and raising their awareness of this. A good basis of being the green zone. Feels like an anchor to attaining/retaining the untriggered state. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.

  • Liked the presentations. Relaxed ad refreshing in terms of the formal. Spectacular folder! I can see this working well with some of my clients and a useful tool.

  • Working in pairs for the practical experience of using the Rainbow Map. I can see its usefulness with some clients who are unaware fo their trigger cycles. It combines all elements of the client experience – thinking, feeling, sensations. Can see the benefit for couples work.

25 Jan 2019, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK: Commissioned by Relate's Operations Manager, Hampshire.  

  • Working through the Rainbow Map had the effect of bringing deep issues to the surface very quickly. In a way which probably would not have happened without it.

  • I think I will use this as a way of helping couples understand (and hopefully empathise with) each other’s process.

  • FOPPI “educating” and evolutionary element.

  • The explanation of the model via demonstration was excellent. Very safe environment created. I’ll integrate FOPPI introduction and the systemic, careful exploration and identification of the arousal states. This will help clients better understand their own responses in a non-shaming way. I like the practicality of the approach. I’m aware of the tolerance zone and evolutionary explanations but this was a truly client friendly way to explore and present this. Thank you for how generous you have been in sharing your knowledge and resources Andrew – much appreciated.

  • All of it. Loved it thank you Andrew.

  • Clearly explained. Light touch delivery and humour. Obvious in-depth knowledge of this came across. Good that it is clearly connected with couple work.

  • All went well. Will try to integrate the Rainbow Map into my practice.

  • Clear explanations of background. Useful experiential exercises. Use of map with both couple and individual clients.

  • Very informative and adaptable for integrative practice with couples as well as adapting for individuals and young people.

  • The Rainbow Map to identify the trigger points.

  • Very useful tool I will be using it in my practice as it ties in nicely with my attachment based/EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy) practice. I agree this tool is helpful for incorporating more systemic practice.

  • Really enjoyed AT’s style of delivery. Relaxed and allowed interactions. Knowledgeable and not afraid to be vulnerable. In my practice I promote safeguarding through T/Out routings to reduce arguments etc. In order to activate T/Out its to be called so by noticing self or partners triggering earlier would be significant to avoid hyper arousal.