Laurie is a registered mental health nurse and accredited cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) and EMDR practitioner with adults and children. He also has specialist qualifications in child and adolescent mental health, and NLP.
Laurie is the author of the Cool Connections Programme (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and has a wide range of experience in working with both adults and young people in a number of different clinical settings.
During the past 15 years Laurie has provided CBT to a large number of adults, children, and families. This has involved both individual help and running group programmes within schools. His work has involved crisis and early intervention work which meets the governments every child matters criteria and group programmes which link in with the National Curriculum. Laurie DBS checked and fully insured. Laurie currently runs his own CBT practice providing CBT and/or EMDR therapy to both adults and children by personal request. He is also funded independently by a number of local school to support children. This involves a combination of CBT with individual children, staff and family consultations, and small group work. Further information and feedback from clients can be found on his website.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Mental Health Nurse
EMDR: Accredited (Adult and Child)
Diploma Mental Heath Nursing (Brunel University Buckinghamshire)
Diploma in Counselling Skills (Glasgow University Institute of Counselling)
BSc (Hons) Specialist Nursing Practise (including ENB A12 CBT) (APU Chelmsford)
BA (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies (Homerton Cambridge)
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (UEA Norwich)
EMDR Fully Qualified and Accredited Child and Adult Practitioner
NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner Diploma (East Anglia Institute of NLP)
Experience working in many residential setting with both children and adults prior to qualifying as a nurse in 1997. This includes special education, specialist hospital settings, and residential homes for children and adults with learning disabilities. I first started out as a psychiatric nurse working in both inpatient and secure unit settings. Following this, I was employed for many years for the NHS as a community psychiatric nurse (CPN) and for child and adolescent (CAMHS) services in Suffolk. Currently, I am self employed supporting mixture of both child and adult clients. Several local schools and businesses also buy in my time on a regular basis. I am also frequently involved in offering both clinical supervision and training. I DBS and insurance are fully up to date.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
EMDR Association UK
Areas of counselling I deal with
Weekdays and some evenings
For children, parents or adults seeking support for their own issues. There is no age limit although with very young children parents usually need to be actively involved in treatment.
Group Work For Children
Cool Connections With CBT (for children with mild anxiety, low mood or self esteem issues)
Therapeutic Stories (aimed at young children using metaphorical stories & fun activities. Covers a number of issues from making friends to loss & upset feelings).
Seeing Red (help for young children with frustration and/or anger
Muddles & Puddles (help for young children who have been bereaved)
Rainbows (helping with loss & separation)
Activity Groups (fun type activities helping with self esteem and providing positive experiences)
Groups For Parents
Parenting group 0-6 or 5-15 Programmes (Family Centre Trust Programme)
The Parent Assertiveness Programme
The Parenting Teenagers Programme
Cool Connections With CBT for grown ups