Meet the Team


 thumbnailCath Wakeman OBE

Executive Director/Therapeutic Trauma Care Practitioner


Cath has been involved in working with survivors of Child Sexual Abuse since 1998, when she completed her training as an Art Therapist. She worked at “Number 28”, Action For Children, firstly as a practitioner and latterly as Project Manager. Cath ran a small private practice prior to establishing Imara and has trained as a Creative Arts Supervisor, EMDR practitioner, PICT therapist and a Couple counsellor. She has also provided specialist training regionally and nationally and works as a clinical supervisor and consultant to other professionals. Cath has a Degree in Nursing and worked as a nurse in hospital and community settings prior to becoming an Art Therapist.

Cath was awarded an OBE in 2015 for her services to Child Protection and is committed to supporting survivors and their families to move on from the trauma of Child Sexual Abuse. Setting up Imara was an opportunity to respond to the need of children and teenagers to receive immediate help once they had disclosed abuse, recognising that there was no comprehensive support to the individual and their family at this time.



thumbnailJanette Welsh

Personnel Manager/ Advocacy Trauma Care Practitioner

Janette joined Imara in January 2014 as the Advocacy Trauma Care Practitioner and also undertakes the role as Personnel Manager.

With a background in secondary education, she has a vast amount of experience in identifying specific needs and delivering skilled intervention to vulnerable children and young people who display challenging, emotional and safeguarding concerns. She co-developed a new emotional, behaviour and safeguarding management centre and referral process within a secondary Academy.

Janette has the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care in Children and Young People’s Services. Having completed specialist training, she is qualified to complete AIM2 assessments and intervention to identify and support children and young people who display sexually harmful or problematic behaviour. Janette has co-developed an Early Intervention Sexually Harmful Behaviour Package at Imara and also delivers training on Child Sexual Exploitation in relation to the internet and social media sites.

Janette is due to complete both the Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy Practitioners Diploma and Parkes Inner Child Therapy (PICT) Trauma and Abuse Specialist Skills Diploma by June 2017.

With a passion for child protection, Janette likes to ensure that the voice of the client is heard and the impact of Child Sexual Abuse and trauma is understood. 


thumbnailApril Chung

Finance Officer


April gained her Diploma in Accounting and Computing at De-Montford University.

April also gained a Distinction in Payroll Management and is currently studying Complete Bookkeeping. She is currently a member of ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeeper) and attends training and workshop to ensure financial policies and procedures are up to date.  April has also completed several modules with ACCA and wish to continue this journey in the near future.

Before joining Imara in October 2013, April worked at Action for Children for 9 years before moving to No28, a sexual abuse counselling service undertaking finance and admin duties. April later joined the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and working closely within the SPA(Single Point of Access), Educational Psychology and Family Support Team undertaking finance, administration and Personal Assistant roles.

April has a passion for all things number related, excel and budgeting and values the impact that her role has on the sexual abuse survivors and their families that we support.

April is makes magical cakes and spoils the team with her creations!!



 thumbnailNicky Carling

Trauma Care Practitioner



I draw on my knowledge of several different therapeutic disciplines to blend a unique approach for each individual; working together to help them to move towards what they wish to achieve and helping them to progress in a much more optimistic way.
I am a qualified Further Education Teacher and Curriculum Manager, with comprehensive experience of teaching Life and Employment Skills to Adults with Learning Difficulties, predominantly Autism.
Using my skills as a therapist, I also teach Confidence Building Skills to adults experiencing mental health issues and deliver workshops and training to other service providers.

Professional Qualifications:
Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy
Master Practitioner of Meridian Energy Therapies (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
BFRP—Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Diploma in Hopi Ear Candling
Diploma in Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT)


 Christy Clare

Trauma Care Practitioner


Christy joined IMARA in September 2016. She has a history of working with the Youth Offending Team, secondary andprimary schools for 15 years. It was mainly leading on Wellbeing and Nurture for children and families in Nottingham who appear vulnerable and would display challenging behaviours. Christy was also the schools Safeguarding lead and an Advanced Designated Safeguarding Lead with Nottingham City Council.
Christy is a registered and accredited Play Therapist (PTUK) and has practised with young people aged 5 years and upsince 2009.

Christy will focus on the child's voice with a view to putting across the child's point of view to the adults around that child.

Play Therapists use play/sand/objects and art allowing the child to develop their situation or history through metaphor,the easiest and most comfortable way for a child to communicate. Christy also uses this model with adults.
She will train further this year in Filial Family Therapy in June 2017


 thumbnailSandra Anthony

Trauma Care Practitioner

Sandra joined Imara in June 2017. Sandra has extensive experience of the criminal justice system. She has previously worked as a Probation Officer, supervising Probationers, a Court Probation Officer, working in the Crown and Magistrates Courts, and also draws upon her 15 years Magistrate experience.This has enabled her to gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Qualified in Social Work, Mentoring, and Working with Children, she has regularly applied these skills in her Pastoral work in secondary and primary schools, where she has provided one to one support and group work for targeted students. She also designed and delivered transitional and developmental support programmes for these students. Committed to the needs of young people, Sandra is passionate about ensuring that they have all the support they need to reconnect to their true potential.

Professional Qualifications:

 BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

Diploma in Social Work

University Certificate Youth Perspectives and Practice

University Certificate Working Together for Children

Mentoring Certificate