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 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 as a couple and family therapist in my own practice and ongoing research, development and training associated with the Rainbow Map.
I work chiefly through a modality I call Trigger Based Therapy from which the Rainbow Map is a spin off tool. 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. Trigger Based Therapy is an integration of a number of mainstream threapeutic modalities and my own R&D work.
The guiding values 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 CPD through which those two elements are trained, both face to face and online.
From 2015 onwards fellow therapists took an interest in my work and in particular the Rainbow Map. To my surprise and delight increasing numbers started to integrate it and other elements that make up today’s CPD 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 CPD resonates so strongly with therapists practicing in virtually all mainstream modalities.
That observation has been further supported by the level and nature of interest shown in the Rainbow Map CPD since the BACP's Therapy Today magazine featured it in their Dec 2019 publication (sent out to over 50,000 therapists globally).
I have chosen to donate 1/3 of all funds from the CPD to the charity Shelter due to the connection between mental health issues and homelessness. The other 2/3 of the CPD fees funds ongoing R&D, the website and communication.
It is my goal to keep the Rainbow Map CPD cost to a minimum as my contribution to maintaining the widest possible access to ongoing training mandated by our professional associations.
Knowing that my fellow therapists and their clients are benefiting, both directly and indirectly, through their flexible and creative experience of the Rainbow Map CPD has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life to date.