MEET THE TEAM!
Luna’s activities are supported by a number of volunteers with specialist skills, without whom our work would not be possible. We name and thank them all in our Annual Reports: Annual Report and Accounts 2015
Here are our current team of Trustees who have responsibility for the development, management and governance of Luna, and also a profile of our founder and Licensor, Dr Carlotta Raby.
Stella Charman – Executive Chair of Trustees
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Jenny Dewar – Trustee
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Brenda Graham – Trustee – Safeguarding Officer
Brenda has extensive experience working in social services in the UK as a social worker, trainer, manager and independent consultant. She became a Trustee of Luna in 2014 and frequently travels with in support of our volunteers on training trips.
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Philip Sarell – Trustee
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Anne Feeney – Trustee
Anne became a Luna Trustee in June 2016. She is a facilitator, executive coach and tutor specialising in transformational leadership and change.
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Shellee Burroughs – Clinical Operations Manager
Shellee is an Art Psychotherapist who lived and trained in Canada and the UK. She worked with child and adult sexual abuse survivors in the voluntary sector before moving to CAMHS in Exeter in 2007.
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Martyn Legg – Treasurer
Martyn is an accountant who became Luna’s Treasurer in 2015.
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Dr Carlotta Raby – Luna’s Founder, Licensor and Creator of CATT
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Luna Children’s Charity was founded in 2008 by psychotherapist and psychologist Dr Carlotta Raby. The Charity was established in response to the great need evident in post-genocide Rwanda for a child-centered approach to trauma therapy. Carlotta’s work in Rwanda had already highlighted the fundamental importance of treating the effects of trauma on children and young people, whose lives had been torn apart by violence and conflict.
Here’s how it all began…
Whilst advocating for the rights of young people with mental health difficulties in the UK in 2005, Carlotta became involved in direct project work with a group of traumatised children and young people in London. This diverse group had all suffered abuse or neglect and came from households where domestic violence was ever present. The children and young people were regarded as untreatable by existing services and it soon became clear that a new approach was very much needed!
Carlotta offered these children emotional support and mentoring whilst listening carefully to what they had to say about their lives. Through her daily interaction and investment in these children and young people Carlotta showed that a more holistic, integrated arts and play methodology was necessary in order for them to feel comfortable enough to talk about and process their feelings and past experiences.
As a consequence of this finding and with the help and input of the children and young people she was working with, Carlotta developed Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT): a therapeutic play/arts based technique that allowed children to talk about their experiences in a contained environment, process the traumatic memory and then re script it in order to feel more positive and empowered to move on with their lives.
“Carlotta Raby has taken many elements, that have now been shown through research to be effective and necessary in a PTSD treatment, and created a therapy that can easily be applied with children and young people worldwide”
– UK therapist & CATT trainer Robin Bennett.
CATT in Rwanda…
The next step for Carlotta and CATT came in 2006 when she was invited to go to Rwanda. A course had been set up to teach trauma counselling to a local Rwandan NGO (REACH Rwanda), who worked in communities on peace and reconciliation post-genocide. The NGO had specifically requested support in treating traumatised children. Carlotta travelled to Rwanda and shared CATT with an overwhelmingly positive response from participants.
Carlotta’s second visit to Rwanda was also incredibly successful, with even the children’s workers staying up late into the night talking about their own experiences for the first time since the genocide. The word of CATT was out and the need for more training was too great for one person to accommodate! When invited to return to Rwanda for a third time, Carlotta decided the most effective way of sharing CATT was through a training model that could be monitored, evaluated and taught by trained trainers…
…And so Luna Children’s Charity was born!