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.

Qualifications

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,
Counsellor/ Psychotherapist,
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.

Qualifications

BSc Psychology (Nottingham Uni) Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Place2Be) Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (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. Rosy thinks she is the luckiest person in the world to work with such courageous, brave and brilliant children. She loves seeing them grow and flourish given new opportunities and safety to do so, it's a privilege to work with each and every one.

Qualifications

BSc Social Work and Social Studies PGC; Post Graduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (IATE); Certificate in Therapeutic Play (PTUK); Diploma in Play Therapy (currently completing with PTUK)

CPD Training

Working with Children in Trauma Part 3; Parent Empowerment Programme training; Attachment and Psychopathology; Child Attachment Interview Training (the Anna Freud Centre); ICPC Domestic Abuse Strategy and Drug and Alcohol Strategy; ICPC (Island Child Protection Committee) Annual Conference Child Sexual Exploitation; Recognising and working with parental alienation; Attachment based practice with adults; Working with women who have SA.

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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.

Qualifications

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.

Qualifications

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

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Esther Green
Art Psychotherapist, 
Bath/Bristol Centres

Sonia Dalling  
Play Therapist, 
Bath/Bristol Centres
 

              Angela Smith                 
Art Psychotherapist, 
Bristol Centre

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.

Qualifications

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,

Angela is an Art Therapist and is registered with the HCPC and BAAT. She loves working with children and young people and feels inspired by their bravery and creativity. She thinks that it’s a privilege to be trusted to come alongside them on their journeys of recovery from trauma.

Qualifications

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

Certificate in therapeutic mentoring; Working with children in trauma parts 1-3; Advanced safeguarding; Open Space, Creative Arts Therapists.

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.

Qualifications

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.

 
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Alycia Ceballos
Child and Family Therapist, 
Parenting Support Worker,      Bath/Bristol Centres

Alycia is a Child and Family Therapist registered with BACP. She trained in Canada and has joined the team to work with children, and young people in Bath and Bristol, and also lead some of the Parenting Groups in Bristol. Since Alycia could first remember, she has been passionate about seeing children and families flourish, and it is her hope that all children could know that they are loved, important, safe and cared for. She believes in the human capacity to grow, heal and transform and feels honoured to be able to come alongside her clients in a warm, collaborative, and safe way to walk through that journey.

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (Trinity Western University) Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Unviersity of the Fraser Valley) )

CPD Training

Complex Care and Intervention (CCI) Coach Trainer Certificate; Expressive Play Therapy for Complex Trauma Certificate; Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy Level I Certificate; Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship Certificate; Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Certificate; Satir in the Sandtray Level I; Understanding Abuse in Relationships; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with Adolescents In a Mental Health Setting – Certificate; Neufeld Intensive I: Making Sense of Kids – Certificate; Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety: A Transdiagnostic Approach – certificate; Play and Process: In Play, Sandplay, and Expressive Therapies

Jo Stockdale
Play Therapist,
Bristol Centre

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

Qualifications

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

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

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Hatty Hughes
Trainee Music Therapist, Bath Centre

Hatty is an Attachment based Psychotherapist and is currently training as a Music Therapist and is registered with the UKCP.

Qualifications

Attachment based Psychotherapist (The Bowlby Centre); MA Music Therapy (University of West England) Currently undergoing; BA Gender Studies (Polytechnic of East London).

CPD

Thinking outside the box (Key changed music therapy); Psychodynamic Therapy with Children, Young People and their parents; Learning in a new key research day (University of West England); Child protection training;

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.

Qualifications

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

 
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Lucy Bell
Trainee Art Psychotherapist, Bath/Bristol Centres

Lucy is training in an HCCP accredited Art Psychotherapy course and is registered as a trainee member of BAAT. Lucy is inspired by the creativity and courage inside every child and young person. She feels privileged to work alongside children, using creativity to support recovery from trauma.

Qualifications

MA Art Psychotherapy (currently completing University of South Wales)

CPD Training>

Child Protection; The impact of Trauma on a child, the Trauma Continuum and Complex Trauma Responses;

Jess Nash
Family Support Worker,
Trainee Play Therapist
Bath/Bristol Centres

Jess is qualified as a Social Worker registered with the HCPC and BASW and is currently training as a Play Therapist, registered with PTUK. 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.

Qualifications

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,


Phil Woodruff
Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills, 
Bath Centre

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.

Qualifications

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

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.

Qualifications

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

Professional development

Safeguarding

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Trainee Play Therapist, 
Bath Centre

 

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.

Qualifications

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

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.

Qualifications

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

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.

Qualifications

Care of young children (National Nursery Examination Board) )

Professional development

Safeguarding children – lead practitioner, Safer recruitment procedures

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                    Jane Lowe                                  Parenting Support Worker,            Trainee Counsellor, Bristol Centre

Jane is re-training as a counsellor and has come on to the TRC team to lead some of the parenting groups in Bristol. Jane thinks parents and carers are amazing in the job they do, so loves to be working alongside them.

Qualifications and CPD

BSc Psychology (University of London) Community Counselling School Certificate of Completion (University of The Nations) Advanced Training in Pastoral Care and Counselling Certificate (Barnabas Training Consortium) Foundation in Dance Movement Therapy, Distinction (Edexcel) BTEC Level 3 National Certificate, Distinction – Dance, Movement and The Therapeutic Process (Edexcel)

 

REGULATING BODIES

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.