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Betsy de Thierry

Betsy has pioneered projects to see children, young people & 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.

Betsy first qualified as a counsellor and primary teacher in 1994 and has worked in these fields since that time.

She has an MA in counselling and psychotherapy.



Betsy wants to see those who have been traumatised, hurt or misunderstood, find hope, healing and have a positive future. She is committed to supporting those working with vulnerable people and empowering them to enjoy life in the midst of the tough terrain of helping others.


Betsy is energetic and enthusiastic about life and holds firmly to the view that there is always a way and no one is beyond healing and hope.


BdT Ltd offers consultancy to organisations and professionals who are working with traumatised people and are needing extra specialised training or support on individual cases.

Due to the demand for consultancy, the stage one of the BdT trauma Recovery focused framework training has to be completed first, so a shared language can be used so we can help effectively.  

Consultancy fees start at £150 per hour.


Betsy also runs training across the UK and further afield continually- do look at social media or sign up for her newsletter to see where you can catch her training although most of it is in 'closed' settings due to being booked by an organisation! 

Betsy has pioneered a course called the Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring which is a popular course equipping people to help others recover from trauma rather than manage the symptoms. This 12 course is offered now online on zoom. People from all over the globe become students! 


Betsy is also involved in other organisations across the UK. She has pioneered the Trauma Recovery Centre and having founded it she continues to train the staff in the BdT Trauma Recovery Focused Framework; and continues to work with the charity in the role of Chair of the Trustees. It has its HQ in Oxford and a flagship centre in Bath,  with another centre in Guernsey. She is a trustee of a number of organisations that work with trauma. She is a consultant with a number of charities who are involved with traumatised families, trafficked people, refugees and those professionals who are stalked and she offers advice and assessment.

Therapeutic Mentoring Rooms

The Therapeutic Mentoring Rooms are found in schools, run by therapeutic mentors who have completed the CTM training. These rooms are spaces for traumatised children to follow treatment plans written by BdT associates to help them recover from trauma. This pioneering project is helping children across the trauma continuum find healing. 

Her model for schools was explored for UNICEF


Betsy has written many best sellers!

Teaching the Child on the Trauma Continuum (2015).

The Simple Guide to Understanding Trauma. What it is and what to do (2016)

The Simple Guide To Sensitive boys: How to Nurture Children and Avoid Trauma. (2017)

The Simple Guide to Shame in Children: What it is and How to Help.(2018). 

The Simple Guide to Attachment Difficulties (2019)

The Simple Guide to Complex Trauma and Dissociation. (2020)

The Simple Guide to Collective Trauma (2021)

The Simple Guide to Emotional Neglect (2023)

Other articles and chapters in books that Betsy has written

Betsy was one of few specialised professionals who contributed to the Young Minds ‘Addressing Adversity’ project which was launched in parliament.

She has chapters in a number of books such as:

Colley. D & Cooper.P. (2017) 

Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom: Theory and Practice

London. Jessica Kingsley Publishing

Emotional Development and Attachment in the classroom. Theory and Practice for students and Teachers (2017) 

*The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook: Practical Tips, Ideas, Action Plans and Worksheets for Making Meaningful Change: Practical Tips, Ideas and Whole-School Strategies for Making Meaningful Change. (2019) Pooky Knightsmith. Foreword by Norman Lamb. 

*Domestic Violence Support Book : Restored. (2019)



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