About us

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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Sexual identity
  • Gender identity
  • Homophobia
  • Transphobia
  • Biphobia
  • Gender
  • Sexual Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chemsex
  • Queer
  • BDSM
  • Kink
  • Intersex
  • Non-binary
  • Trans
  • Asexual
  • Androgyn
  • Crossdressing

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Our service is completely free.

Further information

Although we are funded to support Wandsworth residents, counselling takes place at our offices in:

St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing
Exmoor Street
Ladbroke Grove
W10 6DZ

SW18 1AQ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Spanish Portuguese


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Monday to Thursday afternoons and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Spectra CIC

Spectra CIC