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Spectrum Trans Counselling Service

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Information for Referrers

Spectrum, part of Spectra CIC, is a well-established peer-led health and wellbeing service for people of trans experience. For several years Spectrum has run two monthly drop-in groups, as well as individual mentoring, advocacy and signposting.

Funded by City Bridge Trust, Spectrum Trans Counselling Service provides free confidential, short-term individual and group counselling for people who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity. We work with a range of issues and concerns which do not have to relate directly to gender identity. We will also be offering occasional wellbeing workshops on topics of interest to our service users.

Face-to-face integrative counselling is available from our wheelchair-accessible offices in Ladbroke Grove. Online and telephone counselling is also available. Following assessment, clients will usually be offered an initial course of eight individual counselling sessions. The service is also able to refer or signpost people to external services that offer longer term or specialist counselling. Please note that we are not a crisis service and clients at high risk will be signposted or referred on to primary or secondary NHS services.

The service is run by a BACP Registered Counsellor and abides by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. We are committed to practising counselling in ways that are inclusive, accessible and affirming to clients from all backgrounds, cultures, races, beliefs, sexualities, abilities and gender identities.

Making a Referral

Self-referral is generally preferred – clients can apply through the website, or a self-referral form can be sent out by post on request. In cases where clients are involved with NHS secondary care (Community Mental Health Teams), then a recommendation from a psychiatrist or other mental health professional will be required (with client consent).

Professionals who are considering referring clients can make informal enquiries by contacting us at or 020 3322 6923.

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Spectrum: Group Notices and Community Interest Posts, February 2016


    We have launched a community library, where attendees can borrow books and other media. We have a small selection of books onsite, plus we have a request list that you can fill in – if we can find inexpensive copies of any requests, we’ll get hold of them for you to borrow in the future. The library will be available to group attendees only, and you will be able to keep books for a maximum of two months. We’ll be running this primarily on a basis of trust, so ask everyone to be your excellent selves when taking out books by respecting the due dates and keeping the books as readable as possible whilst they’re in your care (obviously a bit of reading/carrying-around-in-your-bag wear is expected though).

    Although we can order a few requests, we’re operating this project mainly on donations. If you have any trans themed, broader LGBTQI+ themed, broader support oriented, and/or just generally great or interesting, books/dvds/zines/CDs please bring them along to one of our groups or email me at and we can arrange a collection.

    Also massive thank you to all who have donated books so far – it takes nice people like you to help give our communities nice things (:

  2. BINDER EXCHANGE PROJECT LAUNCH – donations needed!
    We’re excited to be able to offer a binder exchange service for attendees to our groups. We’ve start with a small number, but can search around for specific requests and possibly order inexpensive ones. We will also have copies of the MORF Binder Exchange catalogue on-site; MORF have a very popular postal binder exchange service, and will hopefully be able to help where we can’t.

    As with our library, we are predominately running this project on donations. If you have a binder you no longer wear, please consider donating it to our project – bring it along to one of our future groups or email me at and we can arrange a collection.

  3. Shout-out for LGBT+ History Month outing ideas in February!
    We are planning a London-based outing (maybe two!) for LGBT+ History Month, and want to know what you have in mind! From everyone’s ideas we’ll then have a little discussion in case there are any strong favourites or objections, and then either go with a decision if unanimous or pick one at random.

    Please send LGBT+ History Month outing suggestions over to me at , looking forward to hearing what you want to do! (:

  4. Submissions for ‘trans-friendly services & places to go’ resource ongoing
    We have been slowly compiling a trans-friendly services/products/support resource, begun in late 2014 at our West London group. The resource currently includes trans-friendly places to go out (pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs, weekends away, etc,) trans-friendly services (hair removal services, support groups, online groups, makeup services, clothes and shoes, etc,) in and around London, and trans literature more broadly, that people have had personal and/or professional experience of, but is also open to any other suggestions that people feel would be useful.

    If you have any recommendations, send me an email with the venue, service, etc, and a few words about your experience(s) to and I’ll add it to a future edition.

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