Betsy de Thierry founded the TRC and 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.


MA Counselling and Psychotherapy practice (Bath Spa Uni)
BPS Approved Certificate in Essential Clinical Supervision Skills
B.Ed (Hons) Early Years (Uni of Gloucestershire)
Diploma in Counselling (I.C.G)
Foundation Course in Art Therapy (BAAT)
Certificate in Gestalt Counselling for Children and Adolescents (Gestalt London)
Diploma in Life Coaching (Blackford Centre)
Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills (PTUK)
Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy (PTUK)
ISSTD Assessment and Treatment of Traumatised Children and Adolescents (ISSTD)

Member of professional bodies: MBACP. ESTD. TAG. NWG.

Recent Professional Development

Betsy has completed a lot of Continual Professional Development (CPD) days, including many on safeguarding children, many at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) about children, young people, Creative Therapy and other related courses; overview of the Legal System and Police Procedure for Therapists and Children’s Workforce Professionals, attending Child Sexual Exploitation conference and training in Identification of Human Trafficking, PTUK conferences on Play and Nurturing the Neurons. Betsy also delivers training to other charities, womens refuges, churches, schools and other centres on trauma with subjects such as:

  • Understanding Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Young People
  • Understanding Trauma and Dissociation in Adults and Trafficked People
  • Trauma Symptoms and Strategies for Schools
  • Identification and Protection of Trafficked Children and Young People
  • Therapy and Therapeutic care: The Multi Level Approach to Recovery
  • Working with Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Children

Betsy is an experienced trainer who has 20 years experience and delivers training nationwide. Click here to view Betsy de Theirry’s Training Website
Betsy has developed a training programme called the Therapeutic Mentoring Course which is part time 9 month course over 14 days with assignments and tutors aimed at equipping mentors to support therapists in the work of seeing traumatised children and young people recover.
Betsy has recently released a new book: Teaching the Child on the Trauma Continuum. Bill McKitterick, the former director of social care Bristol says:
“This excellent book explains the continuum of trauma clearly in all its complexity in succinct and straightforward terms, drawing on the latest thinking and research in neuroscience. It shows how teachers, while not specialist mental health professionals, can provide skilled and effective help within school and the classroom to children and young people for them to recover from trauma. It recognises the pressure on teachers and schools to meet national educational objectives which can all too easily ignore the particular history and personal needs of individual pupils. The knowledge and skills within this book will enable the busiest teachers to both recognise and to effectively respond to these particular needs, and of equal importance to develop their own skills in reflection and shared learning.”
(Click here to buy Betsy’s book).