Our Mission

Our mission is to help children, adolescents and their families recover from the effects of psychological trauma and mental health disorders including (but not restricted to)

  • PTSD & Psychological Trauma (Including Acute Stress Disorder)

  • Anxiety & Worries

  • Adjustment difficulties

  • Attachment disorders

  • Depression & Low Mood

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • OCD & Phobias

  • Dependance on alcohol, solvents, drug use

  • Systemic issues affecting children (such as divorce or bereavement)

  • Improving general family functioning

Our objectives are :

  • Compassion

  • Confidentiality

  • Competence

In this, we strive to deliver an effective service to children, young people and their families, taking the family as a whole system into account during both formulation and treatment.   


Susan Darker-Smith

In 2017, Clinical Director of the Child Trauma Therapy Centre, Susan Darker-Smith and her colleagues set out on an exciting adventure to deliver an effective, efficient and professional clinical service to children, young people and their families which took the entirety of the system supporting the child into account.

Drawing on specialists in areas such as attachment, psychological trauma, dissociation, play therapy and youth addiction, the Child Trauma Therapy Centre is a centre of excellence dedicated to the well-being of children and their families.


Adults who have experienced childhood trauma may further have encoded these traumas at the age at which they first occurred - leaving many competent and professional adults to feel emotionally ‘vulnerable’ and ‘young’ at times when they are triggered by their environment. In such cases, Adult clients who have experienced childhood traumas may also benefit from a therapy team who are experienced at helping children recover from trauma.

Man must reach for the stars - else what are the heavens for...
— Plato