Dr Karen Treisman

Dr Karen Treisman is a child and family psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of developmental difficulties, trauma attachment disorders and child mental health. She is the author of numerous books on working therapeutically with traumatised children and trains other experts in attachment, trauma, adoption and fostering.  She works extensively with looked after children and unaccompanied asylum seekers using a range of therapeutic models including dyadic developmental therapy, play therapy and narrative therapy.

She is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and children’s services for several years. She has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.

Dr Treisman 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 care or on the edge of care, adopted children, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking young, trafficked, and refugee young people.

In addition to holding a doctorate in Clinical psychology, she has undergone a range of specialist trainings including in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sensory Attachment Intervention, and Theraplay. She is trained in the use of various trauma and attachment specific measures, as well as more generic mental health, behavioral, and neuropsychological measures.

Dr Treisman 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.

Dr Treisman 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. This includes undertaking and supervising both child, parent, and parenting assessments and interventions.

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

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

Dr Treisman regularly delivers training and presents at local, national, and international trauma, parenting, and attachment conferences.

She is also the author of the Routledge published book “Working with relational and developmental trauma in children and adolescents”.


Profession: Psychologist

Courts or Tribunals: Adoption or Foster Care, Immigration and Asylum

Age groups: Adolescent, Adult, Child, Family

Psychological Specialisms: ADHD, Adult Mental Health Problems, Anger and Violence, Autistic Spectum Disorder, Behavioural Difficulties, Child Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Learning Difficulties, Parent-Child Attachment, Parenting Problems, Personality Disorder, Relationships Difficulites, School Problems, Trauma and PTSD

Therapies offered: Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy