Safe Hands and Thinking Minds Associates draw on a range of interdisciplinary expertise, theoretical perspectives, and evidence bases to promote, solidify, and develop high standards in areas of parenting, trauma, attachment, fostering, and adoption.

Dr Treisman and associates are dedicated to delivering specialist and tailor-made psychological and therapeutic training, workshops, and consultancy to a range of diverse professionals and parents. These services are committed to providing attendees with increased knowledge, skills, and best practice models which aim to meet and exceed national minimum standards. All services are relationship-led and focused; and come from an attachment and trauma foundation. 

The training and consultancy services offered are wide reaching and therefore specific needs should be discussed further so that a tailor made approach can be offered. Please see the Training and Consultancy sections for further information, and examples of the type of services offered.

However a flavour of the most common themes includes:

  • Understanding, reflecting on, and intervening with attachment and trauma related areas.
  • Promoting homes, parenting, and environments which are therapeutically re-parenting children and adolescents; and are attachment and trauma-informed. This includes educational, residential, organisational, and home contexts.
  • Improving and optimising placement experiences/stability for the whole family.
  • Carrying out robust, thorough, and holistic assessments.
  • Planning for individual children and families including around areas such as therapeutic life story work, contact arrangements, and/or transition plans.
  • Thinking about complex cases from multiple perspectives which include cognitive, behavioural, systemic, biological, and psychodynamic concepts.
  • Reflecting on and intervening with specific presenting behaviours.
  • Working effectively with specialist sub groups such as within schools, with unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and with young mothers.
  • Celebrating, recognising, and building on young people’s resiliencies, positive qualities, and protective factors.

Reviews for Working with Relational and Developmental Trauma in Children and Adolescents

“Dr Karen Treisman has written a most comprehensive book for preparing clinicians to work with the complexities of treating children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma. The challenges of providing such treatment is great on many levels and Dr Treisman addresses them all, from understanding and assessment to providing the most appropriate therapies for these young people and their caregivers. Not stopping there, Dr Treisman also informs us of the need to provide sensitive interventions within systems such as social services, education, and residential care that may themselves become traumatized through the challenges of caring for these very troubled children and youth. An important contribution to the field for both experienced clinicians and those just entering it.” – Daniel Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, 2nd edition, (2006), and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011).

“An exceptional book by an expert clinician! This volume articulately delivers the essentials of trauma intervention with children and adolescents whose case histories are both complex and compelling. It emphasizes the importance of applying neurobiology-informed and brain-wise approaches, providing practitioners with a solid grounding in current best practices and trauma assessment through a highly accessible and readable format. All mental health professionals will find valuable resources, richly illustrated case examples, and pragmatic strategies to immediately apply in their work with youth that will expand their clinical repertoires in work with relational and developmental trauma.” – Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT―Founder/Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute

“This book is a wonderful resource for practitioners who work with children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma. The book includes a comprehensive overview of the impact of trauma on children, as well as assessment and treatment options. Dr Treisman also covers working with traumatized children in settings such as schools and residential care. Practical activities and reflective exercises are woven throughout the text to help the reader gain further insight into the material. This is an invaluable resource and a welcome addition to the trauma literature.” – Liana Lowenstein, MSW, author of Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse