Karen  Treisman Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Karen Treisman

Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Trainer
NHS, Social care, Independent Provider (Safe Hands and Thinking Minds)

Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, trainer, and author of "Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents". Karen specialises in areas of attachment, trauma, parenting, foster care, adoption, war-torn trauma, and migration. Karen works within the NHS and social care, and is also the Director and Founder of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services. See www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk for more information.


Dr Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS 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, adopted children, unaccompanied asylum-seeking and trafficked young people.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, Karen has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, 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.

Karen works as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings within Islington.

Karen is the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services. www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, Grandparents plus,  PAC-UK, Hope for families, and the Fostering Network.

Karen is a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, and a reviewer for the Journal of adoption and fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, mental health, resilience and attachment conferences.

Karen is the author of "Working with children and adolescents who have experienced relational and developmental trauma".

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Attachment/ Trauma/ Abuse/ Neglect/ Emotional regulation/ Unaccompanied asylum-seeking, trafficked and refugee young people/ Adoption/ Fostering/ Resilience, strength and hope-based practice/ Child Protection/ Child in Need/ Social Care/ Gangs and young offenders/ HIV/ PTSD

    Related therapies and consultations on and around the above areas.

Personal Interests

    Travelling near and far, volunteering abroad, art and crafts, photography, eating out, singing



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