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’
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.