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. 


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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)