Ms Lisa Davies
Lisa is a highly qualified and experienced Consultant Forensic Psychologist. She possesses a Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Cognitive Science from The University of Westminster (1995), and MSc. in Forensic Psychology from the University of Surrey (1999). Lisa is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, Associate Fellow of the BPS, Chartered Scientist with The Science Council and also a registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Lisa began her career working in medium security, before accepting a research position with St Georges Hospital Medical School and The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP). Whilst working for the IoP she undertook a large scale research project assessing the security and placement needs of men and women in both Broadmoor and Rampton High Secure Psychiatric Services. Lisa moved to HM Prison Service in 2001 and facilitated group treatment with violent offenders on the Cognitive Self Change Programme. Lisa regularly completed assessments of men serving determinate and indeterminate sentences for a range of offences.
Lisa has been working as a psychologist for over 12 years working with offenders in prison and in mental health settings, becoming chartered in 2004. Lisa has extensive experience of working as an Independent consultant to Solicitors specialising in Prison, Mental Health, Family and Immigration Law, including attendance as an expert witness in the Crown and Magistrates Courts, at Parole Board Hearings, Mental Health Review Tribunals, Family Law Proceedings and Asylum and Immigration Tribunals. Since 2003 Lisa has worked in medium and low secure settings and has been employed as a Consultant Forensic Psychologist in an independent medium secure service, leaving in July 2012 to set herself up in private practice.
Currently Lisa provides a private therapy service in Brighton to individuals with a variety of mental health disorders, but most commonly Borderline Personality Disorder. Lisa is a trained Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and STEPPs practitioner and facilitates change while incorporating compassionate acceptance of her clients into all aspects of her work. She has worked with offenders detained under the Mental Health Act with a variety of disorders; Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder etc. She is passionate about effective offender client rehabilitation, remaining involved in detailed treatment planning by adopting an individualised formulation approach to identify relevant pathways and hierarchies of need. This includes utilising a variety of models including; motivational work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and offence parallelling behaviour. She has significant expertise in the development and implementation of treatment interventions for both men and women in secure settings; Lisa has worked for over nine years designing and implementing treatment interventions for women with a history of self injurious behaviours and has experience of delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and trauma focused CBT to women with personality disorder since 2006.
In addition Lisa has always been involved in training and supervising a wide variety of multi disciplinary staff to equip them to working with offender populations with complex needs. She was invited to speak at an International Conference in 2012 on working effectively with individuals with personality disorders and facilitating training workshops for a variety of mental health professionals.
Notably Lisa has extensive experience of dynamic and static risk assessment tools, including assessment of personality and offending risk using a range of measures. Lisa is trained in the administration of the HCR-20 structured risk assessment of violence, the International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE), The Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP) and Sexual Violence Risk (SVR-20), Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-r), The Structured Assessment of Spousal Assault (SARA), Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM) and she has undertaken a number of assessments of fire setting and arson risk.