About Us - Ripon Trauma Centre

Providing a path to recovery for adults & children

Adult Services:

  • Psychological education and trauma-informed workshops delivered in Ripon, in house and online
  • Psychotherapy, Trauma-focused EMDR, EFT, PTT, DBT and The Rewind Technique – Ripon
  • Neuro-Tapping and EFT – Ripon
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy – Ripon/Masham
  • Trauma, Tension and  Release Therapy – Harrogate
  • Reiki – Pateley Bridge
  • Reflexology, Reiki and Massage – Ripon
  • Touch Therapies – Pateley Bridge
  • Accredited Psychological Trauma-informed diploma delivered in Ripon, online and in house
  • Wild Swimming – Harrogate and Nidderdale
  • Forest Bathing – Harrogate and Nidderdale
  • Seasonal Trauma-informed Yoga

Child Services Ripon

  • One to one therapy
  • Lego therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Sensory play
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Mindful Explorers Outdoor therapy

Teen Services Ripon

Psychotherapy sessions

All facilities are subject to availability

We are pleased to say that we are an approved organisation working in conjunction with Living Well North Yorkshire who are the contracted provider for the four Primary Care Networks across Harrogate and Rural District to deliver a social prescribing service across seventeen GP Practices. Social prescribing (also known as community referral) allows GPs, nurses and other healthcare workers to signpost patients to support outside of health services, through community organisations, local support groups and holistic hubs. Social prescribing can be accessed through self-referral, mental health and social care services, pharmacists and hospitals.

Primary Care Networks help integrate primary care with secondary and community services, and bridge a gap between general practice and emerging Integrated Care Systems. GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.

If you would like to refer someone please use our contact page.

Our approaches

  • Top down approach or cognitive (the mind) educating people about the mind and body, the imprint of trauma and interacting memory into the rational brain by talking therapies and hypnotherapy.
  • Bottom up approach or somatic (the body) encouraging people to re-connect with their bodies, to trust others and build relationships, to make friends with the disturbing feeling and emotions.
  • To invite people who have used the centre to become volunteer mentors and part of the leadership team.
  • To remove barriers to recovery.


Who is eligible?

Considerations would be people living with trauma caused by adverse childhood experiences, medical and birth trauma, bereavement,  the COVID-19 pandemic, neglect, domestic violence, physical, sexual or emotional  abuse, mental health issues, illness, carers and victims of crime.

Self-referral, referrals from GP surgeries and health and social care services via our contact page.


“I contacted the trauma centre because for a long time, I had felt ‘stuck’, anxious and depressed for no apparent reason. Over the years, I have tried other types of therapy but the feelings just kept coming back. After an initial assessment, Gail the practice lead told me that I had met the criteria for complex PTSD resulting from years of unresolved trauma. I knew immediately that she had got to the root of my problems. Gail suggested EMDR. Her calm, caring approach meant I could trust her and work through my painful memories in a safe environment. During one-to-one sessions, she showed me simple exercises to release negative emotions. She helped me to feel peace in my own body for the first time in decades. It is no exaggeration to say that EMDR at The Trauma Centre has been life-changing for me. I feel like a different person inside now and I can’t thank Gail enough!”
This particular client had 8 sessions.


I am a mental health nurse who has been subject to sexual abuse as a young child, teenager, and adult. I have always pushed the abuse to a deep place within myself hoping that total avoidance would help me overcome the distress I felt. Ultimately it just ended up manifesting itself into prolific self-harm for 20 years.

It was only when a patient I was working with made their own disclosure around sexual abuse that caused all my hidden pushed down emotions to resurface. I attempted to seek help from my local community mental health team and was informed they did not have someone with the skills required to support me, they did however inform me about Ripon Trauma Centre.

I made a quick, easy self-referral and was contacted shortly after by Gail Donnan.  She showed empathy, warmth, kindness, and compassion, I felt listened to an understood instantly. Gail became my trauma-focused EMDR therapist, now being a mental health nurse, I knew of EMDR, but I never fully understood what it entailed. Gail explained in a manner which I could understand, and I felt empowered that this would work and my gosh how right she was.

I have had lots of previous support for my mental health but not one person dared to venture into the depths of my troubles except Gail. We challenged them head on and the immense release of emotions, pressure, tension, body aches, I felt afterwards was something beyond being able to describe in words. I cannot thank Gail enough for the support and skills she has shown and taught me throughout my journey, I am forever grateful.

This particular client had 5 trauma-focused EMDR sessions over 3 months.

Collaboration with New Beginnings

New Beginnings are a peer led charitable organisation supporting female survivors of domestic abuse in the Harrogate District. They provide a safe environment for women and their children to re-establish themselves, reach their goals and achieve a happier, healthier future.

Collaboration with One to One Wellness

We are pleased to be collaborating with One to One Wellness based in a secluded spot, 9 miles from Ripon and 2 miles from Pateley Bridge surrounded by open moorland. They have a lovely pond and gardens to enjoy, with lots of native trees and planting.

The moment you arrive you will feel the immense calming energy of the natural environment around you.

The following offer is in relation to anyone who is in need. Two people can be accommodated on the same visit. We ask people to pay a minimum donation to us of £30 per person and we subsidise the rest.

A choice of one of the following 60 minute treatments:

  • Facial
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Back Massage
  • Reiki
  • Crystal Healing

Sessions will begin with a short meditation (if the weather is good on the day you are there it will be outside in the peaceful garden to add to the benefit of the meditation).
Bookings can only be made through us by email