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Betsy de Thierry

Over the last 30 years, Betsy has founded many pioneering projects that have seen children, young people & their families find restoration in the face of their difficulties, support in the isolation of their struggles, and care 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.


Read about Betsy's Work, Life & History here.

Founder & Director


Betsy is determined to see those who have been traumatised, hurt or misunderstood, find hope, healing and a future. She works nationally & internationally to bring together leaders to see change in national provisions & systems. Betsy & her team are 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.

"Trauma Recovery is possible"


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

Due to the demand for consultancy, the stage one of the BdT trauma Recovery focused framework training is a prerequisite, to provide a shared language so we can communicate effectively.  

Consultancy fees start at £150 per hour.


Betsy runs training across the UK and further afield continually. Sign up to our newsletter, or visit her social media or to hear about open training. Betsy is frequently booked in closed organisational settings, but you can email us at for support.

Betsy's pioneering course - the Certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring is a popular, equipping people to help others recover from trauma, rather than manage the symptoms. This 11 course is offered in person- with limited online slots available. Join the alumni from all over the world & become certified in Therapeutic Mentoring.


Betsy is involved in organisations across the UK. She has founded the Trauma Recovery Centre where the staff are trained to use & licensed to operate the BdT Trauma Recovery Focused Framework. Betsy continues to work with the charity as the Chair of the Trustees. With the HQ in Oxford, a centre in Guernsey, and it's flagship centre in Bath. 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 run by therapeutic mentors who have completed the CTM training in school all across the UK. These rooms are spaces for traumatised children to follow personal 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 was invited to contribute  Young Minds ‘Addressing Adversity’ project which 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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