Meet Our Practitioners: Katie Wrench


Child and Adolescent Therapist and Trainer

I have worked for over twenty years with children as a social worker, short breaks foster carer and art therapist. This has included working in residential care, as a child protection social worker and a therapeutic social worker, eventually managing a Therapeutic Social Work Team. This was where I first encountered Sarah’s innovative work and commissioned her to train and supervise some of the team in developing the BUSS model in our practice. It proved to be a pivotal moment in my career and in the work of the team with children looked after, underpinning the psychological therapies we had previously been offering in isolation. I worked with Sarah and the Oakdale BUSS team for three years, before joining Oakdale in 2020 as Head of Clinical Services for BUSS. I  am involved in training, direct work with families and the training and supervision  of BUSS therapists.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Group work
  • MA Art Psychotherapy Practice
  • DBT (Foundation Level)
  • NVR (Foundation Level)
  • EFT Level 2
  • EMDR

Professional Membership(s):

  • HCPC –  art psychotherapist
  • Social Work England

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