First and foremost

A social enterprise

Within the United Kingdom there is a devastating lack of effective, specialist services to meet the needs of children, young people and families impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect.

Our mission at MCTS is to bring together years of expertise and experience in the field to deliver specialist assessment services in an ethical and trauma-informed way.

We are a social enterprise – we believe in reinvesting to improve services for children, young people, and families who have experienced trauma and adversity, in an innovative and socially conscious way.

We are currently based in Brent and will soon be looking to expand throughout London and beyond.

MCTS Statement of Purpose

Our values

We walk the talk

At MCTS, we believe that organisational culture is the key to providing trauma-responsive clinical practice.

We are therefore committed to the following values, to ensure our organisation and the work we do is trauma-reducing not trauma-inducing:

  • Collaboration means working together. We all have different talents, thoughts, and experiences, and we value each person’s input towards reaching our goals. We believe in an “everybody approach” meaning that no matter our role, we’re all human beings and we all get a say.
  • Curiosity assumes the best of everyone and gently asks what could be going on if problems arise.  When things feel odd or go wrong, we are “curious, not furious”. We’re open to feedback and it’s safe to make mistakes and ask for help.
  • Creativity is the spark that lets us work with freedom and a smile. A creative culture means it’s ok to think outside the box and come up with ideas that are a bit unexpected! Knowing there’s more than one way to do things lets us be flexible and express our skills and talents in our work.
  • Connection means relationships.  These are the key to doing our best for people… and people do their best when they feel connected. In building relationships with our customers, our sector, and each other, we create a kind and trusting atmosphere that takes care of everyone.
  • Communication is more than what we say or how we say it. It’s a feeling of encouragement and openness, it’s clarity around our mission, and freedom to share ideas. The language we use is also important – we use “people first” language and communicate in a respectful and individual way.

A path to success

Meet the team

In 1991 Richard began his work with children, young people, and adults who have experienced significant adversity and complex trauma. He has had the privilege to support over a thousand adults and children during his career who have successfully attained their aims in psychotherapy around their experiences of CPTSD.
Richard has kept at the forefront of advances and was an early adopter of Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), utilising this since 2007 in appropriate contexts. He also has over twenty years of experience supporting those diagnosed with CPTSD, Dissociative Disorders (DID, DDNOS etc.) and has provided consultancy to medical teams, psychologists, and psychiatrists. He frequently trains qualified mental health professionals in developing skills around assessment and interventions as a faculty member of ISSTD and ATI.

Richard’s experience in assessment for family court focuses on child maltreatment and neglect. To support this area, in 2011 he undertook training with Bond Salon to ensure he could advance his learning in the area (Cross-examination Day, Excellence in Report writing, Courtroom skills).

His aims through MCTS are to ensure the most responsive and effective supports are available for children and young people. From the organisational (becoming trauma-informed) to the professionals’ groups (consultation, training, supervision), extending to families and the provision of psychotherapeutic support to the children and young people themselves.

Key Achievements

  • 2020
    Developed and implemented the Attachment and Trauma-Informed Care model ‘ATIC’
  • 2008
    In collaboration with Dr Sandra Bloom, piloted and developed The Sanctuary Model (Trauma-informed care) in the UK (after spending time in the USA)
  • 2003
    Managed a new Therapeutic Community for 40 life-sentenced Prisoners
  • 2001
    The developed the Advanced Equip program for Youth Units (Severe Conduct Disorder) in New Zealand and acted as a consultant to Ti Piriti Special treatment Unit to develop new programs
  • 1999
    The piloting of the first Adapted SOTP for young people
  • 1997
    The development and piloting of the first therapeutic groupwork program for young people convicted of sexual offences

Hannah has been working in a wide range of mental health, social care and education settings since 2008.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018, she has specialised in working with services for young people and families who have experienced adversity and complex trauma. She is passionate about attachment and trauma-informed service design and leadership and draws on community psychology ideas and principles. Hannah has had first hand experience of using child and adult mental health services and is proud to utilise her lived experience alongside her professional training, in service of those who are neglected in the current systems.

Key Achievements

  • 2022
    Moved into a leadership role focusing on developing services to improve outcomes for children and families.
  • 2021
    Developed an 18-session Therapeutic Care Programme for foster carers and residential staff which is being implemented nationally, with an accompanying Reflective Practice model.
  • 2020
    Supported the evolution and implementation of the Attachment and Trauma-Informed Care model ‘ATIC’ within fostering and residential services.
  • 2019
    Founding co-director of a Community Interest Company which drew on community psychology approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. Co-creating opportunities for collaboration, inclusion and belonging and increasing awareness of the social determinants of mental health difficulties and poor wellbeing, including poverty, oppression, and powerlessness.
  • 2018
    Involved in the pilot Integrative Therapeutic Assessment and Support Clinic within Complex CAMHS, supporting young people and families who have multiple adverse childhood experiences and complex developmental trauma
  • 2017
    Research into a systemic, attachment-focused intervention for families of children with a diagnosis of autism.
  • 2010
    Five years working within the charitable sector, supporting families and children with additional needs.

Ruth’s background is in business administration and copywriting. She joins MCTS after a 15-year career spanning the Civil Service, the legal world, and running her own modern language company. An alumna of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women programme, Ruth is also a business and finance journalist and regularly writes features for World Finance and European CEO magazine.

Key Achievements

  • 2023
    Began training as a Trauma & Resiliency Life Coach with the Arizona Trauma Institute (ATI)
  • 2021
    Joined Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women programme
  • 2014
    Began working to support Southampton Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
  • 2012
    Director of a translation, proofreading and copywriting business. Translator and interpreter with Solent NHS Trust. Taught award-winning Spanish classes to children aged 0-16 including for children with ASD and learning difficulties.
  • 2008
    Joined the Civil Service, Deputy Manager of Medical Administration at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Seafarer Safety and Health Branch)

We are hiring!

Our Therapeutic Care team is expanding and we’re looking to recruit energetic and experienced Mental Health professionals to join us.

If your specialism is in child and adolescent mental health and you’re interested in Attachment and Trauma Informed Care in residential or inpatient settings, get in touch now!

  • Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Therapist (£35,000 – £50,000 DOE)
  • Highly Specialist Clinical Practitioner (£45,000 – £55,000 DOE)
  • Attachment and Trauma Informed Care Service Lead (up to £60,000 DOE)
Find out more
Interview at MCTS