Who we are

Trauma Foundation South West was founded in 2002 and formerly called the BCPC Asylum Project.

In 2011 we formed a separate charity and have widened our brief beyond asylum seekers and refugees to all who suffer when political upheaval becomes violent.

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What does TFSW do?


Our main provision is of psychotherapy and counselling to highly traumatised refugees and asylum seekers.

We thus provide a space of listening, witnessing and support over months and years to help our clients find a life that has meaning as well as surviving specific symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as bodily pain, flashbacks, nightmares and sleeplessness.

Most of our work is with individuals but we also provide an art therapy group with a trained art therapist.  All our individual therapists have special training and supervision for this work and are UKCP or BACP accredited.

Working with people who have been severely traumatised can itself be traumatising so support and supervision can help to keep staff healthy and mentally able to continue the work over a period of years.

Trauma Foundation South West is governed by a Board of Trustees, with varying professional backgrounds which is of great assistance to the charity.

We are also privileged to have the distinguished and socially committed actress Anne Mitchell as our patron.

To find our more about how we raise funds and are supported go to our donate page.

Or for further information and to hear how you may be able to help support please contact Judy Ryde - tfsw@tfsw.co.uk

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