Breakthrough can only run with the help of some exceptional people.
We know that going to a new building or an initial appointment with someone can feel quite scary, so we’ve created dedicated sections of our website where you can have a virtual look around our Support Centre before you arrive, and find out a little about each of it’s team members, from the therapy team through to support/admin staff, and even the office cat!
Office & Senior Management Team
Giles Lascelle – CEO & Clinical Director
Giles has over 30yrs experience as a psychotherapist and trainer. He’s worked in the NHS, social services, 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. Giles is a full clinical member of the UKCP and was previously part of the executive committee for the British Psychodrama Association (BPA). He specialises in helping adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. He also has a passion for seeing communities and organisations trained and equipped to support to survivors and develop a greater understanding of mental health needs – because ‘it takes a village’!
Giles lives in Bath with his wife Ally and an insanely overindulged cat, Marmite.
Holly – Operations Manager
Holly is the glue that holds Breakthrough together. She heads up everything operational at Breakthrough, both at our Support Centre and with our training and partnerships. She oversees everything from our referral pathways and people starting therapy, through to running all our services, our drop-in support, clinical placements, and setting up trauma training programmes for organisations. It’s a busy job! Should you ever need post-therapy chocolate or a natter, she always has some chocolate in her desk drawer for those who need it and will find a way to give people time even when it’s manically busy. She lives on coffee and snacks, and has an unnecessary number of photos of pretty looking meals on her phone that one day she may remember to put on Instagram!
Vicki – Referrals & Operations Administrator
Vicki joined us in September 2022 as our main point of contact for new client queries, referrals, and support with day to day admin. She’ll talk you through the process of starting therapy and is there to answer any questions you may have (big or small!). Vicki has spent years working in care where she’s supported adults with a range of mental health and learning disabilities. She is devoted to making sure everyone gets the correct support they need and deserve. Vicki is an animal lover and a loyal mum to her cockapoo Ozzie. She enjoys long walks with him at their home in Wells and meeting friends to catch up over some delicious food or chocolate!!
Charlotte Flothmann – Clinical Team Leader
Charlotte has been working in mental health for over 10yrs and has a special interest in supporting people with experiences of trauma and complex mental health issues. She is a chartered psychologist and has contributed to a wide range of services including a young person’s crisis team, adult addiction support, and family services. She has also worked in trauma support and refugee centres in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Living and working in different contexts has given her a passion for supporting people impacted by discrimination and social injustices and for understanding how that changes the way we experience the world. Charlotte is the Clinical Lead at Breakthrough supporting the wider team and offering therapy (in English, French, German and Spanish!) and running groups and training throughout the year.
Maddie Jessel – Psychotherapist
Maddie is a qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist with a background in the creative arts. She has worked at the NDRC in London, where she ran an art psychotherapy group for asylum seekers and refugees, and set up a 1-2-1 therapy space for LGBTQIA+ clients. She currently works at a therapeutic artistic community in Bristol, supporting adults with complex mental health difficulties. She loves swimming, basketball, experimental cooking (often with questionable results), cups of tea, and carpentry… favourite project so far has been helping build a treehouse for adults! Maddie works with Breakthrough part-time, seeing people 1-2-1, working with our groups, and also heading up our START Programme!
Tom Kerry – Psychotherapist
Tom has lived and worked in Bristol and Edinburgh as a counsellor, psychotherapist, support worker, youth worker, playworker, etc (you get the picture) in many organisations from young children to end of life. All these roles have influenced his belief in a connected community as a great source of support. The lockdown condensed his hobbies into cooking, reading, TV and walking but there’ve been forays back into the world of gigs and festivals which is very exciting! Getting better connected to nature is a big focus right now. He’s steadily turning his once bleak garden into a plant and insect oasis, because nature is so vital for wellbeing.
Louise Turner – Psychotherapist
Louise has worked in many mental health charities and services over the years and currently works for Bristol’s specialist NHS clinics for FGM survivors. She loves yoga, making pottery and slowly turning her home into an indoor jungle. We jokingly call Louise our office goat, it’s not as harsh as it sounds! She finds an artistic use for almost anything we’re about to throw out, so our art cupboard is full of weird and wonderful bits of scrap she’s gathered from around the Support Centre! Louise is also the queen of weird but wonderful questions, “shower thoughts” (Google it!) and Netflix recommendations!
Gareth Thomas – Trainee Psychotherapist
Gareth is from Bristol but has lived in London for 18 years before moving to Bath just before lockdown. He has mostly worked with disadvantaged young people, offering them information, advice and guidance. Between jobs he has done manual labour and also some care work. Gareth is currently a 4th year trainee in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He is a jewellery designer and maker, and has a strong interest in making art in many different mediums. He is also a new dad, so is mostly exhausted. He meditates daily in an attempt to hold on to his sanity.
Gareth will be working with our Men’s Sexual Abuse Survivors Psychotherapy Group as his placement from October 2022.
Ella – Project Support Worker
Ella originally joined the Breakthrough team back in 2020 as a placement student. Since then she’s graduated and now works part-time with children and young people struggling with their mental health. She will be joining the Breakthrough Team part-time across the busy autumn/winter season here at Breakthrough as our Project Support Worker helping with day-to-day life around the Support Centre from admin to drop-in support for those struggling.
Craig – Yoga Instructor
Craig has been teaching yoga for 2 years and started practicing after a life-changing event in 2018, which saw a significant change of career and direction. Craig is Trauma Sensitive Yoga trained and has led Julian House clients in yoga classes.
Outside of yoga, Craig has worked for Julian House since 2019 and currently runs a Day Centre for rough sleepers in Bath. Craig also practices Vipassana (silent meditation), which those who know him find slightly comical as he also loves to talk! Craig lives in Bath with his wife and three children – and three cats!
Lucy – Community Cat
After 18 months of cat antics, due to the Support Centre being so busy and needing to re-shuffle some of the space for different uses, Lucy will be moving out of Breakthrough and back in with Holly from late Aug 2022.
We know everyone will miss her (and she’ll definitely miss how many visitors bring her Dreamies), but there aren’t enough rooms in the building to give her her own space.
But we’ll still give service users the odd update and ‘postcards’ from her new home!
We have new staff members joining the team over the coming months:
TBC – Fundraising & Communications Coordinator
TBC – Men’s Therapy Group Facilitator
TBC – Executive Assistant
We’ll be updating their bios in the coming weeks so you can “meet” them before any appointments with us.