Dr Laura Powling 

Laura is an HPC registered Clinical Psychologist possessing a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Psychology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care from the University of Manchester and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Laura has also completed a Post Graduate Supervision Course through the University of Leicester accredited by the British Psychological Society.


After working as a Support worker for young people with challenging behaviour and mental health problems Laura began her career as a Graduate Mental Health Worker, working in Central Manchester Primary Care Mental Health Teams followed by working as a Mental Health practitioner in primary care. Laura has accrued extensive experience by working across services with people presenting with a range of mental health difficulties in the community. This also included Laura working through interpreters with asylum seekers, refugees and additionally conducting research and service evaluations in these areas.


Since completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Laura has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Rampton Hospital within the Peaks Unit – the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Unit. This has given Laura considerable experience of working with personality disorder offenders with the highest levels of risk. Laura is trained and experienced in conducting a range of assessments which include dynamic and static risk assessments for both violent and sexual offending, assessment of personality using a range of assessments including psychopathy. Additionally Laura is experienced in undertaking a range of neuropsychological assessments across a range of client groups from adult offenders, brain injury patients, post stroke patients and children and adolescents. Within her current role, Laura has become experienced in Forensic Psychology Risk Assessment and Intervention, pre admission and post admission assessments, case formulation and treatment planning for forensic patients with complex needs for on-going care and Mental Health Review Tribunals.


As an associate Laura has undertaken a wide range of assessments of offender clients residing in HM Prison Service establishments, Court assessments including fitness to plead and fitness to stand trial work under the Mental Capacity Act in addition to DSPD assessments. Laura is also experienced in giving evidence to the Parole Board and to the Courts.


Laura’s skills include assessment and intervention using a range of psychological models which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Social Learning Groups, a trained facilitator and individual therapist for the Violence Reduction Programme in addition to being an individual Sex Offender Treatment Programme Therapist. Finally Laura is also experienced in undertaking motivational work with clients and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Laura is also involved in research and development into Arson Treatment as well as the management and supervision of others, including trainee psychologists.

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