Dr. Karen Treisman: Working Creatively with Relational Trauma

Karen Treisman, who was on episode 203 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast, is a London-based highly specialized clinical psychologist. She has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years and 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 trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay.

Karen currently works as a Clinical Lead for a court assessment and intensive parenting intervention team for children on the edge of care and in proceedings. Karen is also the director of Safe Hands and Thinking Minds training and consultancy services.

Karen is an external consultant, trainer, and assessor to Barnardos Adoption Service, Grandparents Plus, PAC-UK, Hope for families, and the Fostering Network and a member of the CoramBAAF health group advisory committee, as well as a reviewer for the Journal of adoption and fostering.

Karen regularly presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences. Karen is the author of Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents, as well as, A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma: Creative Techniques and Activities.

Karen’s website

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