Who, how and why?
Andrew Thomas (BSc (Hons), MSc, MA, MBACP (Accred), MAPA.
Since 2014, I have devoted thousands of fascinating hours to the development of Self Mapping tools and concepts such as the Rainbow Map, the Legacy Behaviour Experience and Avoidance Theory.
From 2015 my colleagues took an interest in my work and in particular the Rainbow Map, the first tool. Today that and other tools and concepts are being used directly by members of the public for self-self help and by mental health professionals across the world in their work with thousands of clients.
The guiding values in my career as a mental health professional have centred on sharing knowledge, expertise, and power in a collaborative way. 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.
Today I split my time between working in private practice and ongoing research, development and training associated with the Self Mapping tools and concepts which I have transferred to this website.
I started my training in 2009 when I was 48 having left my consulting roles to focus on the voluntary sector. I took a placement with a UK based charity called Relate and gained an MA in Couple and Family Therapy.
The picture below is the best my daughter could do in terms of getting me to smile to camera!