Copyright © 2016  All rights reserved. Tfsw        Company No: 07956417 Registered in England and Wales           Registered Charity No: 1146885

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For those who have suffered torture, oppression and war

Tel: 01225 444911    email: tfsw@tfsw.co.uk

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.
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.  
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,

Ann Mitchell,
www.annmitchell.net as our patron.

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.

Our Aims

Providing support and supervision to other agencies
As well as this therapeutic work, we provide support and supervision for staff and volunteers from other agencies and charities who work with asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol.

Our main focus is therapeutic

But we feel that it is important to provide some practical assistance for our clients who find dealing with British officials difficult and puzzling.

For instance, we signpost to other agencies and sometimes we need to extend our usual role by helping with letters from officials and writing expert reports to doctors, lawyers, tribunals, housing officers, job centres etc.

Asylum seekers and refugees often present with complex needs as a result of past traumatic experiences including the after-effects of torture, rape, violent incidents, loss of family members, home,
culture, lack of recognition in society, and concern about loved ones left at home or missing.

Once in the host country, clients often suffer from high levels of anxiety about the complex asylum process in the UK.

They worry about accommodation, money, education, access to legal advice, detention, fear of deportation or destitution and homelessness.


In order to provide a high level of professionalism we rely heavy on grants from Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Support, Fundraising Activities and Donations from Individuals.

To find out more about how we raise funds and are supported please click here to be directed to our funding page.
Or for further information and to hear how you may be able to support please contact tfsw@tfsw.co.uk