We are a group of professionals and experienced therapeutic parents established by author Sally Donovan. We have walked-the-walk within children’s services, residential care, therapeutic practice and in our homes and families.

We know that children whose lives have been impacted by trauma deserve compassionate care from adults who are knowledgeable, well-supported and valued. We aim to encourage and support enduring relationships, stability and inclusion.

Who we are


Sally Donovan

Sally is the best-selling author of No Matter What, The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting, The Unofficial Guide to Therapeutic Parenting – The Teen Years and Billy Bramble and the Great Big Cook Off.  Sally has delivered training to local authorities, schools, charities and parent and carer groups.

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Nicky Doughty

Nicky has established and managed successful and well-rated children’s homes and specialises in the care of looked after children in crisis. She has forged and developed positive relationships with highly vulnerable children and young adults in high risk situations. She is experienced as a practitioner and as a business owner and has extensive skills in safe working.

She strongly believes that our looked after children deserve better. In 2019 Somerset County Council nominated her for the Carer of the Year Award.

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Carly Kingswood

Carly Kingswood is a Creative Attachment and Trauma Therapist, consultant, supervisor and DDP practitioner and is based at her practice Therapy at the Farm. She works with adopted and fostered children and their families and specialises in attachment and trauma. She is passionate about empowering parents and carers to connect with their children and heal their emotional pain through the relationship they have with them. Carly is also a foster carer.

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Dave Kingswood

After working with young people, David and his wife Carly began fostering with their two birth children. He has a passion to encourage foster carers and adopters and to motivate those who care by sharing stories and techniques through training. He works for the charity Home for Good that encourages people to foster and adopt and he provides support for Therapy at the Farm.

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