About us

KAREN-PHOTOSHOOT-5Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Karen has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, and attachment, and works clinically using a range of therapeutic approaches with families, systems, and children in or on the edge of care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, and adopted children.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist training courses including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Video Interaction Guidance, and Theraplay.

Karen has previously worked in both Milton Keynes’s and Kensington and Chelsea’s Looked after Children (LAC) and fostering services, and within the National Implementation Service for evidence-based interventions for Looked after children, children on the edge of care, and children in custody at the Michael Rutter Centre in the Maudsley Hospital; and as Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings in Islington.

Karen is also an external consultant, trainer, speaker, and assessor to a variety of local authorities and organisations including Barnardos Adoption Service, PAC-UK, AdoptionPlus, Pause, Grandparents Plus, Three Steps Ireland, MedicaCPD, and the Fostering Network.

Additionally, Karen is a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, and a reviewer for the Journal of Adoption and Fostering.

Karen regularly attends and presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Karen is also a TEDx speaker on relational trauma and viewing behaviour as communication (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTsPdMqVwBg).

Karen is the author of “Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma” (Routledge, 2016) http://amzn.to/2txQefC; and the best-selling book- “A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative techniques and activities”  http://amzn.to/2nOIPlZ). Karen is also the designer of “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Sentence-completion and Feelings Cards”. http://amzn.to/2sug6V0; and “A Therapeutic Treasure Deck: Grounding, Regulating, Coping, and Soothing Cards” (Available for pre-order- http://amzn.to/2taWYRp)

Karen is currently working on a whole range of new therapeutic resources including 5 children’s storybooks with accompanying workbooks under the series of “A Therapeutic Treasure Collection”- Also available for pre-order from amazon.

Karen has also been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Travel Award and will be visiting several places in the USA to further study whole system and organisational approaches to trauma-informed care.


Safe Hands and Thinking Minds specialises in the areas of attachment, parenting, trauma, adoption, and fostering; however we also have a range of associates who are experts in wider specialities such as eating disorders, motivational interviewing, autism, children exhibiting behaviour of a sexual nature, and school-based therapy. Therefore, please contact us to enquire further.