The Simple Guide to Attachment Difficulties in Children: What They Are and How to Help


TRC Director, Betsy de Thierry's new book 'The Simple Guide to Attachment Difficulties in Children' is out now. A brilliant resource that is so accessible to anyone wanting to know about this topic.

'Out of a complex field of study de Thierry's latest works have delivered prime knowledge that is easy-to-grasp. This simple guide will increase confidence to supportively approach attachment difficulties and through its easily applied teachings will play a powerful role in strengthening relationships. A must read for anybody working with children and caregivers.'
- Ben Rockett, PhD, Research Psychologist

The book is available to buy on Amazon as well as other bookshops.

TRC Conference 2019

It was so brilliant to have so many front line professionals together at the TRC 2019 conference gathering around the theme of shifting culture towards a trauma informed approach to helping kids flourish and get equipped to help recovery from trauma.
There were amazing key note talks from Graham Music and Betsy de Thierry, followed by brilliant seminars by a number of the TRC team, and the fabulous Jacky Mulveen and her team from the Freedom Project in Birmingham. 

Thank you also to the businesses that were so generous in providing treats for all the front line professionals who attended.

Tickets for the TRC 2020 Conference are available on Eventbrite

Music Therapy Group for Anxiety from September 2019

TRC will be running 2 groups in Bath specifically for those struggling with anxiety, from September. For boys aged 11-13 (Tuesdays after school 4-5PM) & for girls aged 14-17 (Wednesday after school 4-5PM).

These groups will be to help with the challenge of anxiety, whether it is impacting on friendships, school or general wellbeing. For all causes of anxiety, whether it relates to school exams, transitioning in education, low self esteem or anything else, these sessions will help to find strategies, an understanding and recovery from anxiety.

The group will be delivered by a highly experienced psychotherapist.

12 Weeks - 10th September - 18th December including 2 parent/carer meetings // TUESDAYS AFTER SCHOOL FOR BOYS AGED 11-13 (4-5PM) // WEDNESDAYS AFTER SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AGED 14-17 (4-5PM)

Location - TRC Bath Centre, Freedom House, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 1EP

By Donation - Minimum of £10 per session. (total minimum of £140 for the term)

Email for a referral form.


TRC Conference 2019


We are so excited about this conference in Bath! Come and see the TRC HQ therapy centre, hear some incredible speakers, choose some workshops to up skill your work with vulnerable children. 
Book now for the early bird rate! 
Meet practitioners from all over the UK who are pioneering work to help children who have experienced early life trauma to recover! 
Hear about the latest research in neuroscience and it’s application to daily life! 

Tickets available here

TRC AWARENESS WEEK: Early Intervention to Help Mental Health

Come and get involved with our early intervention awareness day on Saturday 30th June in Queen's Square, Bath! For further information please contact:

For tickets to the introductory seminar on the TRC trauma recovery focused framework:



Summer Jazz Evening


TRC Celebrates 4 Years of Helping Children and Young People Recover from Trauma

The Trauma Recovery Centre celebrated its 4th birthday with a Summer Jazz Evening on Friday 5th June at its UK headquarters on the Lower Bristol Road, Bath.



The TRC first became a registered charity on 3rd May 2011 and since then has provided support to 100’s of families with over7,200 therapy sessions provided free to children and young people alongside over 1,620 parenting group sessions for families from the local area and further afield.

We celebrated by hosting a Summer Jazz Evening, including live music from local band Chaser Jazz Trio, canapes donated by local businesses, Pimms in the garden with garden games donated by Jolly Jumpers, a raffle and a silent auction.



The highlight of the evening was a short presentation on the work of the TRC followed by the first ever TRC Awards ceremony. Although all the families that come to the TRC show courage, we felt that it would be good to choose two each year to specifically honour for overcoming significant adversity. Two families were chosen who had been helped by the TRC for some time and were presented with a TRC award for ‘Courageous Parenting’ by Ben Howlett MP and the TRC’s director Betsy de Thierry.

Betsy de Thierry, TRC Director, said

 “We work with many courageous parents at the TRC and it was great to have the opportunity to honour a few of these. Through our projects we help parents and children recover from traumatic experiences and are privileged to witness their bravery and progress”

One of the parents receiving an award summed up his experiences of the charity saying “for me and my son the TRC represents just one word ‘hope’. They gave us hope when we had none.”

Betsy de Thierry continued

“We loved getting to celebrate four incredible years of restoring children, young people and families, celebrating some of the many success stories we have seen and having an opportunity to thank our amazing supporters. Without the generous support of our fundraisers, donors and grant funders we would not have been able to help so many families recover from the negative impacts of traumatic experiences”


All profits from the Summer Jazz Evening will benefit the ongoing work and expansion of the TRC.



This last week has been significant for the TRC…

We have given £650,000 worth of therapy sessions FOR FREE to children and young people in Bath and Bristol. Families have been able to come and engage in free parenting courses led by highly skilled professionals whilst their children have free art, music or play therapy. We’ve written reports, attended meetings and been available by email all week. Our amazing staff work many, many hours attending meetings and writing endless reports, outside of their sessions without being paid. We are so very grateful for their generosity and kindness. We’ve seen amazing ending evaluations as the children and young people leave with their original objectives met.

Now, the waiting list is approx 80 and we have needed to think through what to do. We have many other cities where such a service doesn’t yet exist and people asking us to start a similar holistic centres all over the UK.
So we have decided to ask parents and clients over 18 years to pay something towards their therapy. We know that for many this is tough and we are not asking for a lot- just a donation- and it is being sorted out individually according to peoples ability to contribute. So for example a homeless client will not pay anything, our syrian refugees won’t pay anything- as they have nothing! Others may have to suspend extra curriculum activities for a season while we work with their child to help them recover.

So our new season begins. The cost of running the therapy centre- even if everyone contributes say £25 a session will be approx £120,000 per year. But this will enable us to take on more staff to expand and see more of the desperate families who email each week have the service they need.

Just to summarise. We have given over 12,500 free therapy sessions so far and over £650,000 worth of therapy!

We don’t offer 12 weeks of talking therapy because we believe that the impact of the trauma resides in the unconscious and subconious which takes longer to fully process and therefore we use creative therapies to enable full, long term recovery rather than short term management.
We are asking parents and adults to think about what they can contribute or instead fundraise to help us help more families.

If you’d like to sponsor a child or young person do email us at