What is the Rainbow Map?

A versatile and innovative therapeutic tool developed for mental health professionals working face to face or online with clients experiencing the harmful impact of trauma/PTSD, anxiety, anger, and/or depression.

The Rainbow Map is an interactive and graphic therapeutic tool that creates new openings for dialogue and psychological self-awareness for therapists and their clients. The Rainbow Map Workshop is based on a model of the Reflective Mind and Reactive Brain/Body system developed by Andrew Thomas, a BACP (Accred) Psychotherapist


Seven years of intensive research, development and refinement have been devoted to the model, Rainbow Map, Workshop and theory base on which they are grounded. This work has drawn on his own training (MA Couple and Family Therapy) and experience (10 years working as a couple and family therapist for Relate) and that of leading researchers and practitioners such as Bowlby, Ogden, Porges, Shapiro and Van de Kolk among others.  

The Rainbow Map and Workshop can be integrated and shared with clients in face to face and online work  without any need to explain complex concepts or language. Therapists and Counsellors are doing this with individuals, young people and couples through a wide range of practice modalities including: EFT, EMDR, CBT, Jungian, Sensorimotor, Systemic, Person Centred, Psychodynamic etc.

The article in the BACP's Therapy Today magazine  provides more background and two case studies, one for a couple the other for a young person. These demonstrate the flexible way in which therapists are integrating the Rainbow Map Workshop into a wide range of practice modalities.