Grahame Williams

Grahame Williams

Newcastle, AUSTRALIA

Trust Based Relational Intervention ® | Reactive Attachment Disorder


TBRI Practitioner

Grahame has worked with children, adolescents and their parents/carers as a care manager, adolescent family counsellor and play therapist for over 21 years. Grahame has worked in numerous settings, including, youth centres, residential care, rural community, private sector and not-for-profit agencies which has provided him with a broad knowledge of issues facing children and parents/carers. Grahame has travelled to study in San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland and Fort Worth to gleam as much knowledge in trauma and play therapy as he could to help children have a better life. 

Grahame’s has a passion for working with children from trauma backgrounds, children with attachment problems and suffering from anxiety. In recent years his focus has been around attachment-focused therapies such as Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Trust Based Relational Intervention® for which he is an authorised TBRI® Practitioner. 

Grahame has over the years developed many short form workshops for carers and parents to gain an understanding and give strategies on topics such as: RAD (reactive attachment disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Anxiety and Children, The Power of Play, Theraplay, ASD (autism spectrum disorder), ODD (oppositional defiance disorder) & Behavioural Problems for pre-schoolers.



Trust Based Relationship Intervention

Trust Based Relational Intervention TBRI® - Caring for Kids from 'Hard Places'


Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) is a whole-child, attachment-based, trauma-informed, multi-systemic, evidence-based intervention which has proven to be successful for children who have experienced relational trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence or institutionalisation).  It is a practical therapeutic model that shows professionals and carers how to provide effective support and treatment for these children.

TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviours. TBRI® interventions are based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research; however, the heartbeat of TBRI® is still connection. The approach is effective because it is founded in research on how optimal development should have occurred and applies these principles to help troubled young people to return to their natural developmental trajectory

TBRI® offers practical tools for helping professionals, caregivers, parents, and teachers who want to see the children they are working with or caring for reach their highest potential. Although the primary focus is on children cared for children, the principles and strategies of this approach are effective for any child or young person who has come from a ‘hard place’. 

This topic can be delivered as a keynote or workshop (one day), and can be tailored to your audience. 



It was relevant and pitched at the right level, to cover the varying audience consisting of youth workers, carers and office staff. Grahame was also very clear and confident when answering questions, which certainly added to the confidence people had in him as a presenter. It was entertaining as the information was passed across in many difference forms (video, talking, written, slides etc).

Director Foster Care Agency

Found the information helpful in attachment and bonding  - a lovely gentle way of nurturing and caring for your foster child

Foster Carer

Thanks Grahame really found this course helpful just when we needed it!

Foster Carer

It helps so much to separate the child from the behaviour – it also was such a comfortable feeling in our group – do we have to end?

Foster Carer



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