Meet the Team
Vikki Cohen is a Chartered Consultant Psychologist and Director of Treasure Keepers ®.
‘I specialise in supporting the parents and carers of young people experiencing developmental trauma’
Often these children are Looked After or Adopted (or on the ‘edge of care’). I have specialised in this area since 2007 and I believe passionately that high quality, responsive and creative services are needed for this vulnerable population. I have developed a bespoke intervention model which draws together my clinical experience and the latest research findings to offer support of the highest quality to families.
I also offer consultation to professionals and clinical supervision to other Psychologists and Practitioners.
I have worked in a variety of settings throughout my career including psychiatric hospitals, a crisis house, private-practice and in schools.
I am a Mother to non-identical twin sons born in 2009 and an Honorary Consultant to TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Birth Association). I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a registered member of the Health Care Professionals Council. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of professional services to the field. I am also a member of the Counselling Psychology division and the faculty for Children, Young People and their Families within the British Psychological Society’
Tina is the Service Manager for Treasure Keepers.
In her role as Service manager, Tina works closely with Vikki, the clinical director to coordinate new referrals and oversees the day to day running of Treasure Keepers Service and the Treasure Keepers team to maintain its provision of high quality & responsive attachment and Trauma sensitive interventions by implementing the Treasure Keepers Model.
Tina was specially trained in the Treasure Keepers Model of care as an Assistant Psychologist whilst studying for her degree in Psychology with cognitive neuroscience.
“I am passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and families from disadvantaged backgrounds that have experienced developmental trauma. I have managed various settings for over 20 years, working with youth offenders on tag and in Mental Health settings. I am also a mother, Special Guardian and Therapeutic foster carer to 5 children.”
Dr Daisy Yates Walker
Daisy is a Specialist Psychological Assistant who is specially trained in the ‘Treasure Keepers’ model who can offer support to children and families.
‘ I am Daisy Yates-Walker. I began studying towards my doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2012 and will complete my studies in 2016. I have worked predominantly within adult mental health NHS secondary care services. I have experience working therapeutically with individuals from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds presenting with moderate to severe and enduring mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties and childhood abuse. My clinical practice has been informed by various approaches including Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Attachment Theory.
Following the birth of my two children in 2005 and 2008, I developed a particular interest in working with families. I began working with Treasure Keepers in 2012 which has heightened my interest in working with families with children demonstrating complex emotional and behavioural difficulties. My work with Treasure Keepers has inspired my doctoral research looking at the stories of adoptive fathers focusing on how they cope with the process of adoption, transitioning to parenthood including any difficulties encountered and how society respond towards adoptive families.
I hold Trainee membership of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Counselling Psychology. I adhere to BPS and HCPC guidelines for Trainee Counselling Psychologists.’
Dr Victoria Lawson
Vicky is a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist specially trained in the Treasure Keepers model who can offer one to one psychological support to children and young people:
“I specialise in providing one to one psychological support to Looked After and Adopted Children and Young People. I have a long standing interest in working with young people and in the past I have volunteered in youth centres as well as being CELTA qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language. As a TEFL teacher I worked in summer schools with teenagers from European Countries teaching lessons and leading activities, as well as providing emotional support for many who were experiencing their first time away from home.
I take an integrative approach to practice and my work has a humanistic basis and is informed by training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic concepts. My practice takes a specific focus on attachment theory when working with Young People and their families, as well as bringing in skills based interventions for emotional expression and regulation. I have experience of providing one to one therapy to diverse therapeutic groups with extensive experience within various NHS psychological services. Within the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust I have worked in both the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and the Older Adult Service. During my training I did long term placements in Secondary Care Psychological Services, working with individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems in economically deprived areas. I have Primary Care experience, providing model specific short term CBT interventions and have worked on secure wards in psychiatric hospitals and in community rehabilitation settings. I have a special interest in Trauma and completed my Doctoral Thesis on exploring Clinicians’ approaches to working with trauma (using EMDR).
As well as working with Treasure Keepers I also work in the NHS for the North East London Foundation Trust as a Psychologist.”
Lucy Robertson – Ritchie
“What I love about the Treasure Keepers model is that it combines evidence based theory to help heal difficulties where there has been developmental trauma. This way of working provides quality holistic, individualised therapeutic input for individual children and young people and their parents and carers. I work collaboratively with children, young people and their families to help support them work out what will work best for them and their families.
I offer individual, couple and family systemic therapy, consultation and supervision and have facilitated therapeutic groups for children, teens and parents. I use the Treasure Keepers model to work with families.
This is a no blames approach that treats people with respect whist helping them improve communication, mood and relationships.
I am a UKCP and AFT registered systemic family psychotherapist and I have 14 years post qualification experience working in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and in independent services with childrens, teenagers, parents and carers. I have 5 years experience teaching systemic psychotherapy for the Institute of Family Therapy and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. I am also a qualified yoga teacher and can offer therapeutic yoga sessions individually and in groups.
I have three daughters who are 5, 10 and 13 years old.”
“I am an Integrative Child Psychotherapist with a passion for providing therapeutic support for children, young people and families affected by emotional, social and attachment-related difficulties and trauma. I have been working therapeutically with children across education, mental health and private settings since 2013.
I seek to establish a safe and accepting therapeutic relationship with the children and families I work with, synthesising process-oriented and creative approaches such as arts and body-focused therapies with an interest in the interplay between environment, relationships and a child’s inner world. I enjoy working with the Treasure Keepers model because it attends to each of these elements within a scientifically rigorous and humanistic, child-centred lens.
I hold a Masters in Integrative Child Psychotherapy from the University of East London and am registered by the UKCP.”
“I am an Integrative Therapist specialising in Child & Adolescent Mental, Emotional and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. I have an interest in the field of developmental trauma and the subsequent impact this has on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents. The impacts of which can have lifelong effects on human functioning. I passionately believe that timely and appropriate interventions can mitigate the traumatic experiences suffered by the children and adolescents that come to specialised services, such as Treasure Keepers. Giving them the opportunity to move forward in their life journey with the possibility of optimal outcomes for each of them individually.
I have worked in this field for 20 years gaining experience from employment within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors. I have always felt privileged to be able to do this work. My professional body is the BACP and I adhere to the code of ethics and practice as described on the BACP web
site. I qualified as an Integrative Therapist in 2000 and studied at The Tavistock for a further 3 years gaining an MA degree in Therapeutic Practice with Adolescents. In addition, I engage in continuing professional development annually as is recommended by my professional body and receive regular clinical supervision.
Within my NHS career and Independent Practice, I provide Consultation from mental health and developmental perspectives to other front – line professionals, such as schools and voluntary sector organisations. School Observations are also a component of my clinical work, providing detailed reports relating to children and adolescents functioning. These are commissioned by the NHS and Independent Clinicians to inform assessment and treatment options for individuals, Local Authorities request them to inform the decision – making process for Looked After Children in placement.”
Rahima is the Admin Manager at Treasure Keepers.
“In 2017 I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Essex, specialising in both Developmental and Child Psychology. Shortly after graduating, I joined Treasure Keepers as an Admin Manager and work closely with Vikki and Tina to ensure all of the administrative aspects of the services are taken care of .”