Who we are
Dr Dominic Plant Desai
DClinPsy, CPsychol, PhD
Co-Founder | Clinical Psychologist
Dominic is a chartered clinical psychologist and an academic with expertise in PTSD and child development. Dominic undertook his PhD and postdoctoral studies at King’s College London, where he researched the intergenerational transmission of childhood trauma and psychopathology.
Dominic has worked at the National & Specialist CAMHS Trauma, Anxiety & Depression Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, and at the Traumatic Stress Service for adults with severe and complex PTSD at South West London & St George's NHS. As a scholar, Dominic has held research and teaching positions at UCL and King’s College London. His latest research project involved collaborating with academics at the University of Oxford to develop an iCBT app for adolescents.
Dominic is from Zambia and has grown up in Africa and Europe, and has spent some time living and working in South Asia and the Middle East. He brings a global perspective to his clinical work, teaching and training.
Dominic presently runs a private practice in Central London and online, with an interest in serving clients of diverse backgrounds.
Dr Carlotta Raby
PgDip, MEd, MA, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Co-Founder | Clinical Psychologist
Carlotta is a chartered clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with psychological trauma, children, adolescents and their families. Carlotta has trained in clinical psychology, integrative arts psychotherapy and has studied human rights law.
Carlotta created Chiildren's Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT) in 1997, a trauma focused psychological therapy for treating PTSD and complex PTSD that integrates children’s rights with cognitive behavioural therapy principles and creative arts methods.
Following leadership roles in young people’s participation at numerous mental health charities – YoungMinds, the Mental Health Foundation, UCL Evidence Based Practice Unit – Carlotta founded Luna Children’s Charity, now operating as Action for Child Trauma International. The charity offers under-resourced organisations that are working with children and young people affected by war, conflict or natural disaster, access to the CATT training on a humanitarian basis.
Carlotta currently works as a clinical psychologist in an NHS paediatric service in North London, and as a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières.
Trainer | Art Therapist
Bethan is a lecturer and art therapist who has a special interest in working with children and young people. Bethan completed a master’s degree in art therapy and has also trained in EMDR.
Bethan currently works within a specialist NHS CAMHS service in Staffordshire, supporting children and adolescents experiencing severe and pervasive mental health difficulties. Bethan has previously worked within the trust’s looked after children’s service, Sustain+, during which she provided consultations, direct therapeutic work and training to foster carers
Bethan has supported the charity World Wide Education Project for three years as clinical lead delivering and supervising psychosocial projects in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, as well as the charity NorthStar in Serbia. Alongside working in the NHS, Bethan runs a private practice online, and lectures on the University of Derby’s art therapy masters. Growing up, Bethan spent time living in Europe and New Zealand.
Dr Dominique Newsome
MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol
Trainer | Clinical Psychologist
Dominique is a chartered clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children and adolescents presenting with trauma and neurodiversity. Dominique completed a master's in developmental psychopathology and a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Dominique has worked in several specialist NHS child and adolescent teams, and has developed CAMHS services in schools and social care settings that provide assessment and therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents presenting with ASD, ADHD and PTSD and complex PTSD. Dominique routinely provides consultation and training to staff and senior management teams within education and social care sectors.
Presently, Dominique works as clinical and professional lead of a DBT child and adolescent NHS clinic in South London. Additionally, Dominique runs her own private practice with an interest in serving clients from global majority backgrounds.
Trainer | Psychotherapist
Anna is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and an art therapist. Anna has over 20 years of experience working with children and young people, and those who care for them, who are affected by psychological trauma.
Anna initially trained as an art psychotherapist, before going on to train in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Anna has worked internationally with the NGO Save the Children in Kosovo, and more recently with the NGO Art Refuge, in France.
Currently, Anna works as the clinical lead for a designated NHS CAMHS clinic in Bristol for unaccompanied young people seeking asylum within the UK. As part of her clinical role, Anna practises CATT, as well as provides consultation to local organisations around cross-cultural working. Alongside her clinical work, Anna has worked with the NGO Action for Child Trauma International, delivering humanitarian CATT training in the Middle East.
Trainer | Play Therapist
Mala is a play and creative arts therapist who has 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their carers in a variety of therapeutic roles, and has a special interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse.
In 2010 Mala founded SENTRA in Indonesia to provide special educational needs support, therapy, and assessment in North Sumatra. Mala has delivered workshops and seminars to help the parents, teachers, and family members better understand and provide support for children with additional needs and children’s mental health.
Currently, Mala works for a charity in Nottingham that supports children and adolescents following a sexual abuse disclosure, alongside running a private therapy practice working with clients locally and internationally. Born in Indonesia to a Chinese-Indonesian family, Mala has spent time living and working in Europe and Southeast Asia.