Spectra offers free face-to-face counselling to Wandsworth residents aged 13 and above who identify as lesbian, gay, MSM, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, intersex, asexual or who are questioning their gender or sexual identity.
Our service is peer-led and our therapists are drawn from the LGBTIQ community.
Spectra (formerly West London Gay Men's project) has been supporting our clients' health and emotional wellbeing since 1995. We work to combat isolation and discrimination, empowering people across the LGBTIQ spectrum to make informed choices about the life they want to lead.
Although we are funded to support Wandsworth residents, counselling is delivered at our offices in Ladbroke Grove at St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
All counsellors are fully qualified, registered members of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics and complaints procedures.
They are experienced in working with gender and sexual diversity and work in a way that is affirming of people's gender identity and sexuality.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Sexual identity
- Gender identity
- Sexual Health
- Chronic Illness
Our service is completely free.
Although we are funded to support Wandsworth residents, counselling takes place at our offices in:
St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing