The Charity

Trauma Breakthrough, which also works under the name Breakthrough, was founded in 2013. We are a charity based in Bath and operating across the south-west of England. We provide specialist mental health services and support for adult survivors of abuse and other forms of trauma. We also offer training and consultancy to organisations and individuals who want to learn to support survivors more effectively.

Founder and CEO

Breakthrough is led by Giles Lascelle. Giles has over 30 years experience as a psychotherapist, trainer and team facilitator. He has worked in the NHS, for social services, in foster homes, and with a number of voluntary agencies in the fields of mental health, addiction and homelessness. He worked with the first ever NHS Staff Support Service, providing therapy and training for NHS and Emergency Services staff. He was part of the regional Critical Incident Response Team providing psychological debriefing and support to first responders and health service staff in the event of a major incident. He is a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and is part of the executive committee for the British Psychodrama Association (BPA).

He specialises in helping adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma on their journeys of recovery and healing. He also has a passion for seeing people in communities and organisations trained and equipped to support to survivors and develop a greater understanding of mental health needs.

Giles lives in Bath with his wife Ally and an insanely overindulged cat.


Breakthrough is governed by a Board of Trustees whose job it is to oversee the operation and development of the charity. The Trustees are:

Dr Fergus Law MBChB. BSc. MRCPsych

David & Caroline

Kerry Badger

Giles Lascelle


We wouldn’t be able to keep doing the work that we do without the support of our partners and funders.

The National Lottery Community Fund

Avon & Somerset PCC

Yapp Charitable Trust

BANES 3rd Sector Group

The Charities Aid Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Community Fund

The Truemark Trust

The Clothworkers’ Foundation

Bath Boules
Charitable Trust

The Screwfix Foundation