Complex Trauma Services

We have a multi-disciplinary team at Cambian which consists of many different practitioners who offer a wide range of skills, all of which are specifically designed to work with children who have experienced complex trauma.


What makes our team unique is that we offer both direct and indirect work. We believe that every interaction with our children should be therapeutic in nature and all of our clinicians foster this approach.  We achieve this through direct training, reflective practise and working closely with the homes managers and wider team to look at each individual and how best to support their needs. We further support the home by providing therapeutic skills to staff which help them in working with the children on a day to day basis.


Direct work is considered following an assessment in order to clarify the individual’s therapeutic needs.  We are aware that sometimes children do not cope well with direct work and we therefore look at more creative ways in which we can provide this therapeutic care. As well as a Clinical Psychologist and mental health practitioners we offer therapy and life story work through our psychotherapists and this includes art and drama therapy. Our therapists each posses unique skills, which allow us to provide the relevant care of each child.


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Nick Johl

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead

Dr. Nicholas Johl

Previous experience working with children presenting with a range of mental health issues both in the community, inpatient and residential settings.

Current role includes offering therapy to children, training to staff, reflective practice, clinical supervision, psychological reports and consultation on wider service developments.

Currently oversees the clinical provision of 9 team members who provide clinical input to 11 Cambian sites.
Nick is trained in CBT, DBT, EMDR and in assessing for Autism.



Occupational Therapists

Libby O'Connor

Libby covers the whole Complex Trauma region. She supports both the young people and the staff through identifying goals using both standardised and non-standardised assessments determining and recommending interventions to promote independence and develop life skills. She also provides assessments for evaluating a child’s sensory processing patterns in the context of everyday life. She also looks at the home and school environment to identify how sensory processing may be interfering with participation.



Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist

Melissa Chauhan

Melissa provides direct one to one specialist assessment, treatment and intervention sessions. Another aspect of her work within this provision is consultations, clinical supervision and training. She supports residential care teams and education on guidance around responses to young people’s needs and behaviours. The underpinning of her approach in this service is based on an attachment, psychoanalytical & systemic approach.



Art Psychotherapist

Laura Gallacher

Laura works with the Shrewsbury Complex Trauma team. She helps and supports everyone in the residential homes, the children, young people and staff, with their journey together. She works in a creative and sensory way, with the use of art materials, to help explore and gain a better understanding of individual emotions, behaviours and life experiences.



Therapeutic Life Story Worker

Michelle Pyle

Michelle works in the Shrewsbury Complex Trauma Team. She has worked here for 4 years and previously has experience of working in Safeguarding and currently holds a registration as a Social Worker. Michelle is passionate for the children to access their life story history to gain an age appropriate narrative of their lived experiences.





Lynsey is a Dramatherapist who does lots of wondering with the children and sometimes the adults who look after them. Lynsey use imagination to go on adventures, or make up stories. Lynsey also plays games, ‘messy play’, or uses paints or pastels to make art work. As a clinician Lynsey would describe herself as an integrative therapist but predominantly with a psychodynamic approach which underpins her interest in attachment-based interventions.


Assistant Psychologists

The clinical team also has 4 experienced assistant psychologists who base themselves in our homes and schools. Their role is to carry out observations of the young people, support their emotional needs, guide practice within the home and complete short, bespoke pieces of clinical work with the young people.


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