BPsych (Hons) MPsych (Ed and Development)
A Child & Adolescent Educational Psychologist registered with Health Care and Practitioner Council (HCPC), Lauren is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where she is also a registered psychologist under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA). Lauren is passionate about working with infants, children and adolescents facing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including depression, anxiety, developmental delay, sleep difficulties, selective mutism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Intellectual Disability, trichotillomania, tics disorder, childhood trauma, family separation, grief and parent-child attachment difficulties. She is passionate about developing a strong therapeutic relationship with children and working with the child’s family and the larger system to support their development.
In addition to working in the private practice for over 7 years, Lauren currently teaches at the Anna Freud Centre, on two post-graduate programmes, which are part of the governments Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) programme, partnering with University College London (UCL) and Kings College. Lauren has worked in a range of settings including the Department of Human Services – Child Protection, multidisciplinary children’s team at Peninsula Health Hospital and Primary and Secondary Schools. She conducted research with The University of Melbourne and taught undergraduate students at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Psychology Department.
Lauren has a special interest in Selective Mutism. In 2016, she was involved in running a programme for children diagnosed with Selective Mutism at the Child Mind Institute in New York. She is also a consultant psychologist to Confident Children, who deliver workshops on Selective Mutism across the UK and Australia.
Lauren is trained in a range of different therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She works individually, dyadically with parents and child or with parents alone depending on the presenting issue. Lauren offers support to families, children and adolescents.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is an association for UK-based counselling professionals. It supports practitioners, enabling them to provide a better service.