A collaborative approach looking after the clients needs.

Lumen is a collective of private counsellors and therapists in the Bath and Bristol region. The private counsellors and therapists work under the guidance of their respective professional bodies code of conduct. They are members of either BACP or UKCP and other specialist professional bodies. As part of their ethical code of conduct it is important that a therapist and counsellor remains impartial and non-biased when working with clients. This means they and their work is reviewed in a private setting with a Senior Therapeutic BACP/UKCP Supervisor to ensure they are working to strict professional standards. We are committed to improving our knowledge and staying up-to-date with the latest research, latest theories and new methods of working.

The therapists code of conduct believes in providing a space for clients that is non-judgmental, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive. Whatever race, religion, cultural background, gender, however you identify yourself, whatever your sexuality, your individuality and rights as a human being are important. Talking therapy is a chance to be your true self, to be listened to and supported in a private space and to communicate and be collaborative with a therapist.

Each client will receive an individual and bespoke working plan that you agree upon which will set out the framework to which you and the therapist will work within. This may include privacy policy, the location of where you will meet, dates, fees and payment plan, reviews and some key focus points. This is a collaborative agreement between you and your therapist, and will be agreed upon after the initial review sessions if you wish to continue. It can be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the terms suit you and is kept up to date.

The following have current availability, details on their background and their style of working are below:

Carla Thomas

Carla has worked in social and emotional support services for over 15 years. This has covered a range of areas, from working with those individuals and families managing the additional challenges relating to autism, as well as working in a bereavement service where she was counselling clients who are grieving loss. Other areas of work have included clients with low self-esteem and depression, and providing support to young adults in crisis.

A BACP Registered Counsellor who is trained in the Psychodynamic model. Carla draws upon a range of techniques based on what the clients needs are, including mindful awareness and looking at cognitive processing, patterns of behaviour and thinking that may be affecting peoples’ mental well being.

Carla is currently increasing her professional qualifications, and studying an Advanced Level training in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy. This enables her to offer a wider range of skills to bring to clients. Techniques include contemporary methods of working such as supporting clients awareness in dealing with somatic responses that arise from stress and depression. This Advanced training is with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy via Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership.

Portrait of Carla Thomas.



Therapeutic Styles

Psychodynamic & Integrative

Getting the relationship right in therapy is a key component to the work, collaborating with clients so they feel more empowered about their well-being and life. I have found this especially important when I have worked with young adults who want to take a more pro-active role in their health and look at different ways and options on how to shape their future.

Pauline Richards

Pauline spent 20 years working in London before moving to Bath, specialising in the affects on peoples perceptions when communicating. She has worked with a wide range of different people, from executives of companies to mentoring and coaching those with emotional health issues. Common themes that she has worked with include; existential questions, self-esteem, low level depression, adult ADHD and working with the emotional and behavioural effects on people who grew up in alcoholic families.

In recent years she has also included using creativity with some clients, and using it as a conduit to aid well-being for self enquiry and expression. She has hosted workshops with MIND North London and presented seminars with Creative Future including how to overcome rejection.

Originally trained in the traditional Psychodynamic style of counselling which included analytical thinkers; Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby amongst others. She is now continuing her professional qualifications to provide a broader range of therapeutic models including contemporary research into trauma and neuroscience. She has been studying advanced theories and methods in Humanistic Integrative Relational Psychotherapy with The Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership. She is in the final stages of completing this additional training and offers clients affordable rates as a Psychotherapist trainee for Integrative and Humanistic model under the professional body of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Portrait of Pauline Richards.


UKCP and WPP (Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership)

Therapeutic Styles

Psychodynamic, Integrative Humanistic & Relational

The most important thing I notice is that each person is unique even if there are similarities in life situations, every one is an individual who has their own experience and difficulties and their own life narrative which they are facing. Working in a bespoke way with each client and giving consideration to these unique and nuanced moments is essential in finding the right way forward.

Get in touch

If you feel you would like to talk or converse by email before deciding to do an initial consultation then either phone 01225 800 220 or email hello@lumencounselling.co.uk