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Who, how and why?

Andrew Thomas (BSc, MSc, MA) MBACP Accred

I live in the New Forest, UK, with my wife Rosie. We have two children who live in London. 

My career is split into two sections:

First came the years in industry starting, growing and selling (1999) an international data management business. I also established a consulting practice working with leaders at the CEO and Permanent Secretary level in private and public sector organisations across europe and the USA. 

The second section started in 2009 when I was 48 and left my non executive positions and consulting roles to focus on the voluntary sector. I took a placement with Relate and gained an MA in Couple and Family Therapy.

Today I split my time between working in private practice and ongoing research, development and training associated with the Rainbow Map and Trigger Based Therapy.

 I integrate the Rainbow Map in my client work if it appears that trauma/PTSD related affects such as anger, anxiety and/or depression are having an unwanted impact on their life. 

The guiding values in both sections of my career have centered on  are sharing knowledge, expertise, and power in a collaborative way with clients. Central to this approach has been the use of everyday language in my work and finding ways to make complex theory and practice transparent and accessible. The Rainbow Map was inspired by that approach and its development has been guided by those values.

Since 2014, I have devoted thousands of hours to the development of the Rainbow Map,  the theory base on which it is founded and the workshop through which those two elements are trained, both face to face and online.


Addendum: Due to the level of demand for the workshop I have moved it to recorded modules available free of charge from 1 September on YouTube and In addition to the Rainbow Map modules there will also be training available on another tool called The Legacy Behaviour Experience and Avoidance Theory. 

From 2015 onwards fellow therapists took an interest  the Rainbow Map. To my surprise and delight increasing numbers started to integrate it and other elements that made up the workshop into their own work.

The support, encouragement and feedback from fellow therapists have motivated and influenced my work and probably explains why the Rainbow Map and workshop resonates so strongly with therapists practicing in virtually all mainstream modalities.

It is my goal to keep the Rainbow Map training cost to a minimum as my contribution to maintaining  the widest  possible access to ongoing training mandated by our professional associations.

With over 500 therapists trained to date thousands of clients are benefiting, both directly and indirectly, through their flexible and creative experience of the Rainbow Map. This has been the most rewarding experience of my  professional life to date.

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