Meet the Team

 
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Cath Wakeman OBE

Director (Strategy and Clinical) & 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.

 

 

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Director (Operational Development) & Trauma Care Practitioner

Janette joined Imara in January 2014 and was appointed Director (Operational Development) in July 2017.

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. Additional specialist training that she has completed include, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and the Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) Trauma and Abuse Specialist Skills Diploma. Janette is also qualified to complete AIM2 assessments and intervention to identify and support children and young people who display sexually harmful or problematic behaviour. Janette 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.

With a passion for child protection, Janette ensures that the voice of the client is heard and that the impact of child sexual abuse is understood.

 

 

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Finance Officer

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

  Professional Qualification

  • Diploma in Accounting and Computing De-Montford University
  • Distinction in Payroll Management
  • Currently studying Book Keeping with (ICB) Institute of Certified Bookkeeping

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications

  • F1 Accountant in Business
  • F2 Management Accounting
  • F3 Financial Accounting
  • F4 Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 Performance Management
  • F6 Taxation
  • F7 Financial Reporting

 

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Trauma Care Practitioner

 

 

Nicky draws on her 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.


Nicky is 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 her skills as a therapist, she also teaches Confidence Building Skills to adults experiencing mental health issues and delivers 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 and both secondary and primary schools for 15 years, 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 up since 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.


Christy will train further this year in Filial Family Therapy in June 2017

Tilly Stone

Research Intern

 

Tilly joined Imara in July 2017 and is a student at the University of Nottingham, entering her final year of her Sociology degree. At Imara she has been working on our social media, fundraising and event planning. Tilly has for a long time been passionate about helping children, and has worked on the Childline helpline, as well as doing a previous internship at local social enterprise Think for the Future. She is also a keen synchronised swimmer, and represents the University of Nottingham competitively.

 

Joseph Blythe

Research Intern

 

Joseph joined Imara in July 2017 and is a recent graduate from the University of Nottingham, having completed a Mathematics degree. He is passionate about children's welfare, and has a long history of working with young people. In the past he has worked as a counsellor at a summer camp, and has been involved with sports coaching and music for young people. Following his summer placement he will be studying for his masters at the University of Warwick. His focus at Imara has been on social media, fundraising and event planning, where he draws on his past experiences being involved with the music scene in Leeds and Wakefield.