Heidi Pannell (BA HONS, MA, DIPSW)

Heidi Pannell has been a social worker for 20 years and is dedicated to building better futures for children. Heidi is a Certified Theraplay practitioner and Supervisor-in-Training, a Practitioner in Training in DDP, and a Relax Kids Coach.

Heidi has worked in the adoption arena for 6 years with previous work experience comprising safeguarding and residential social work and different posts in community based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS).  Through her work experience she has gained therapeutic skill, specialist knowledge of attachment and developmental trauma, and particular understanding of the services and processes within the adoption sector.

In addition to direct work with families, Heidi also provides consultation and supervision to professionals including social workers, teachers, foster carers and Special Guardians.  Heidi regularly delivers attachment training to parents and provides therapeutic group work for children, in educational and other settings.

Heidi has a strong academic background and early in her career spent a number of years working overseas with children experiencing deprivation.  Heidi lives in the North West of England and has 2 children. Heidi can be reached at


carla coley (BA hons, DIPsw, CTP)

Carla Coley has have been a qualified social worker for over 7 years and has spent this time specialising in the adoption field.  Carla is a certified Theraplay practitioner, certified Theraplay supervisor, DDP level 1 trained, has assisted on Theraplay Training.

Carla has extensive experience and skills in providing therapeutic interventions, such as Theraplay, life story work and in providing attachment training. She has specialist knowledge of attachment and developmental trauma.

Carla has worked closely with professionals such as teachers, foster cares, and social workers. Within this work she has provided bespoke packages of support including classroom observations, group work, consultations, and specialist training. Carla can be reached by email at 


louise howarth ( BSC(Hons), MSW, CQSW, PG(Dip) Play Therapy)

Louise is a social worker and BAPT registered play therapist with over 25 years’ experience working with children and families. Louise is a certified Theraplay practitioner, Theraplay supervisor-in-training and trainer-in-training, and a Relax Kids coach.


Louise has specialised in working with children and their families impacted by abuse, trauma and disrupted attachment relationships.  Louise worked for the NSPCC for 16 years and for the last 7 years has specialised in the adoption field. She has completed additional training in DDP, sensory attachment intervention and child parent relationship therapy. She is passionate about working with children to help them recover from adverse experiences to develop resilience and to build positive relationships.  Louise can be reached at