We work as a large team with a number of counsellors, supervisors, psychotherapists and other professionals who we contract in to work with our children, young people and adults. We also provide placements for a number of trainees therapists. Every member of our team has regular clinical supervision, according to their level of training and the requirements of their regulating body. Here is some information on the core staff team in the Therapy Centre:


Betsy de Thierry

Founding Director, psychotherapist, teacher, author and trainer.

Betsy founded the TRC in 2011. She has pioneered projects to see children, young people and their families find restoration in the face of their difficulties, find support in the isolation of their struggles, and find care and love in the harshness of life.


                   Emma Reeves                      Art Psychotherapist, Bath Centre

Emma is an Art Therapist registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has experience working in a range of therapy settings; in a therapy centre with children and young people who have suffered sexual abuse and domestic violence, a counselling centre, in schools and in NHS Psychiatric Care.


MSc Art Therapy (Q.M Uni Edinburgh) (BAAT) MA Fine Art (Uni Wales) BA (Hons) Fine Art (Uni Wales) ISSTD Assessment and Treatment of Traumatised Children and Adolescents (ISSTD) Supervision Training Course for Art Therapists (BAAT)

CPD Training

Certificate in Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment, Advanced Safeguarding, CADDA Training on Domestic Violence and Substance Use, Drug and Alcohol Misuse, Trauma and Recovery, First Aid at Work, Mental Health awareness, Neuroscience Attachment and Creativity (BAAT), Lead Professional and Team Around the Child (B&NES Children’s Workforce), Team Teach, Working with Children in Trauma

Jen Philipson Lead Professional, Bradford Centre

Jen works as a the lead professional in the Bradford TRC Therapy Centre, alongside the Senior Management team at Bath HQ, and is registered with BACP as she trains in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is committed to seeing children and young people recover from the trauma they have experienced and go on to live fulfilled lives. She has worked in a number of other charitable settings, and has worked with vulnerable people her entire professional life.


BSc Psychology (Nottingham Uni) Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Place2Be) Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Currently completing at Leeds Beckett Uni)

CPD Training

Introduction to Play Therapy, Responding to Human Trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM, Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect, Level 1 British Sign Language, Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace for Childcare Practitioners, Level 3 Awards in Paediatric First Aid, Attachment, Shame and Separation, Working with Children in Trauma Parts 1, 2 & 3

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Rosy Corbin Lead Professional, Guernsey Centre

Rosy works as the lead professional in Guernsey TRC Therapy Centre, alongside the Senior Management Team at Bath HQ. Rosy is a Social Worker and is registered with PTUK as she trains as a Play Therapist.


BSc Social Work and Social Studies PGC Therapeutic Application of the Arts Trainee Therapeutic Play Practitioner (PTUK)

CPD Training

Working with Children in Trauma Part 3



Cheryl Unthank

Parenting Group Lead, Bath Centre

Cheryl is a health care practitioner who trained as both an adult and children’s nurse who is committed to supporting parents who have been affected by trauma. As a parent, Cheryl understands the challenges of parenting and how important it is to support the TRC client’s parents and carers in this role.


Registered Nurse (Royal Masonic & Roehampton School of Nursing) Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (Westminster Children’s Hospital) ENB 405 Neonatal Nursing (University College Hospital)

CPD Training

Advanced Child Protection, Understanding self harming behaviour, Disorganised Attachment, Working with Children in Trauma, Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring


 Nicki Rosser

Certified Play Therapist, Bath Centre  

Nicki is a qualified primary teacher who has specialised in teaching children who have dyslexia and other difficulties in schools. She has spent the last two years training in play therapy with PTUK and as such offers over 20 years of experience working professionally with children.


Post Graduate Certificate in Care and Counselling of Substance Misuse (Uni of Gloucestershire) Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PTUK) Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK) Postgraduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy (Uni of York) BEd (Hons) Primary (Bath Spa)

CPD Training

Safeguarding, Trauma and Dissociation, Sandtray with Traumatised children, Identification of Trafficked Children, Gestalt Creative Therapy with Children. Working with children in Trauma

Alice Mosse

Counsellor, Bristol Centre

Alice is a person-centred Counsellor registered with the HCPC. She works with an integrative approach using creative techniques to give children and young people a chance to rebuild a secure base. Alice is passionate about giving children and young people hope and a safe place to reconnect with who they are.


Counselling Diploma (Network training in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire) Counselling Certificate (Network training in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire)

CPD Training

Child Protection, Working with Children in Trauma, The communication toolbox


 Esther Green

 Art Psychotherapist, Bath/Bristol Centres

Esther is undergoing her Art Psychotherapy training at the University of South Wales and is undertaking her placement at TRC Therapy Centres in Bath and Bristol. Esther has worked with children in a number of capacity’s including in orphanages and Women’s refuges, in both the UK and Africa. Esther enjoys helping children in using art to express themselves.


BSc Early Childhood Studies (Uni of Bristol) Arts for Change (Uni of Surrey) Foundation in Art Therapy (City of Bath College) MA Art Psychotherapy (Uni of South Wales) Currently Completing

Professional Development

Advanced Safeguarding, Working with Children in Trauma, Dealing with racist behaviour in playschemes, Trauma in Children and Young People,


Sonia Dalling  Play Therapist, Bristol Centre

Sonia has completed her training in Play Therapy and holds her provisional post graduate certificate. She is registered with PTUK and is passionate about building a warm and empathetic relationship in her work and seeing inner healing for her clients.


Provisional Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PTUK) Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK) BSc in Childhood Studies with Second Class Honours (First Division) (University of Bristol) )

Professional development

Advanced Safeguarding Training, Mentoring Training, Young People and Self Harm, Working Therapeutically with Children on the Autistic Spectrum, Team Teach Training, Fire Awareness, Working with children in trauma parts 1-2, Self Regulation Skills.


Phil Woodruff Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills, Bath 

Phil leads our Activity Group for clients who have graduated from the TRC therapy centre. This group uses playful activities to help build confidence and social skills with adults and other children.


MGeol Geology (University of Leicester) PGCE in Science Secondary Key stage 3 & 4 (The University of Bath) Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK) NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (EDI) Advanced level apprenticeship in advanced playwork (Alliance Sector Skills Councils) Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (BAPP)

CPD Training

Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Team Teach, Working with children in Trauma

Jo Stockdale Play Therapist Bristol Centre

Jo works in the Bristol Centre as a Play Therapist and is registered with BAPT.


Master of Science in Play Therapy (University of South Wales) Registered Play Therapist (BAPT) BA Contemporary Fine Art (Sheffield Hallam University)

CPD Training

Level One Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method, Introduction to Theraplay, Managing Attachment Difficulties in Schools, Putting Theory into Practice with Creative Arts, Working with children in Trauma parts 1-3


Jess Nash

Family Support Worker Bath/Bristol

Jess is the Family Support Worker for TRC’s Therapy Centres and Oakside Creative Education Centre. She is qualified as a Social Worker registered with the HCPC and BASW. Jess has experience of working in a range of organisations that support the whole family; in community centres, Youth Offending Institutions, Local Authority Children’s Service, play schemes for children who have learning difficulties, in schools, and charities. She is committed to helping families overcome their struggles, find hope, and enjoy life.


BSc Social work and applied social studies (Uni of Bath) Member of professional bodies: HCPC & BASW Professional Development Disorganised Attachment, Coercive Control, Working with children in trauma parts 1-3, Human Trafficking introductory course, Advanced interagency Child Protection Training, Interagency E-Safety Child Protection Training,


 Dannii Gray

Therapeutic Mentor Parenting Support Worker, Bath Centre

Dannii is a Therapeutic Mentor at the Bath centre and leads the TRC clients' parents and carers through the Parenting the Traumatised Child course. Dannii is passionate about supporting parents to be the best parents they can be to their children.


BSc Psychology (University of Bath) )

Professional development

Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring, Life Coaching, Certificate in Youth and Adolescence Counselling (In process), Working with Children in Trauma parts 1-3


Maddie Brannigan

Parent Support Worker, Bristol Centre

Maddie is a parent support worker at the TRC Bristol Therapy Centre. With a background in social work, she has over 20 years of experience working with families. She is passionate about providing strategies to enjoy and live life to their full potential in a safe environment.


Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Bristol Polytechnic) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (Bristol Polytechnic) )

Professional development

Make Access Work, Stress Management, Drug Abuse in a Child Protection Context, Play Therapy Foundations, Counselling Skills in Work, Advanced Child Protection, Working with Children in Trauma Parts 1 & 2, Self Regulation Skills


Steph Bennett

Parenting Support Worker, Bradford Centre    

Steph has extensive experience working in settings with children and young people, having worked for Leeds council, the NSPCC, Ofsted and a number of other charities. She is passionate about mentoring individuals and getting alongside to support people experiencing difficulties.


Care of young children (National Nursery Examination Board) )

Professional development

Safeguarding children – lead practitioner, Safer recruitment procedures


                   Rachel Banham               Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills & Trainee Play Therapist, Bath 

Rachel is training with Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and completing her practical placement at the TRC. She has practised as a nurse and has enjoyed using the skills gained from her counselling certificate and therapeutic play certificate in a caring profession.


Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Counselling Skills Network (Uni of Gloucestershire) DipHE Nursing Studies (adult) (Kings College London) Certificate in Substance Misuse, Care and Counselling (Uni of Gloucestershire)

CPD Training

Emergency First Aid, Child Protection, Sandtray work, Working with children in Trauma, Identification of Trafficked children, Overview of legal systems


Katie Stanton

Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills, Bath Centre

Katie is training with Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and completing her practical placement at the TRC. She has practiced as a qualified primary school teacher with 20 years experience working with learning difficulties in the education setting.


Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills PGCE Early Years (Uni of Gloucestershire) BA hons Physical Geography with Ecology (Uni of Gloucestershire)

CPD Training>

Child Protection training, Working with Children in Trauma, Identification of Trafficked Children

                       Angela Smith                 Art Psychotherapistt, Bath Centre


Registered Art Therapist (HPC); Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy (University of the West of England); BA Graphic Design (University of the West of England) CPD Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring; Teenage Life; Understanding Autism; Exploring specific mental health issues from the perspective of a mental health practitioner.

Professional development

Coming Soon

                 Nathan Halford              Trainee Play Therapist, Bath Centre

Nathan practices as a trainee play therapist at the Bath TRC Therapy Centre. He is registered with PTUK and has a number of years’ experience working with children and young people as a teaching assistant. He is passionate about seeing children being free to have fun and enjoy their childhood.


BA Hons Creative Writing Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK) Currently Completing

Professional development




Play Therapy (PTUK) 
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) 
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 
British Association Music Therapy (BAMT) 
Health Care Professionals Trust (HCPC) 
 Each professional working at the TRC is regulated by their own professional body. They are all clincally supervised by an external clinical supervisor who is approved by their regulating body.