Dr Laura Onens
Introduction to my Services (face to face or online)
You may be feeling daunted about the prospect of confiding your thoughts and feelings. Alternatively, perhaps you are feeling frustrated about making limited progress in previous therapy. Whatever your position, your courage to take that first step to contact me will be met with the greatest respect. Following an initial consultation to ensure therapy is suitable for your needs, you will receive a commitment from me to support you in making positive change in the shortest possible time.
As a fully qualified doctor of clinical psychology and registered clinical psychologist I offer the highest quality of psychological care and consultation services. My practice and conduct is reviewed and regulated by the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I adhere to the British Psychological Society (BPS) Practice Guidelines and Code of Ethics for practitioner psychologists.
What can I help with?
As a clinical psychologist I am trained to work across the life span with a broad range of mental health difficulties. In independent practice,I currently only offer therapy services to adults as children often benefit from a more systemic approach e.g. involvement of schools. If your enquiry relates to a child, I would advise seeking an organisation that specialises in working with children and adolescents.
Here are some suggestions about the types of difficulties I support:
Anxiety (e.g. generalised, health anxiety, social anxiety, performance anxiety etc); Phobias; Panic Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Disordered Eating (BMI must be stable); Body Dysmorphia; Relationship Difficulties; Self Esteem; Body Image; Infertility; Perinatal and Postnatal Mental Health; Sleep Issues; Unexplained Physical Symptoms (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Sexual Dysfunction; Skin Conditions; Migraines; Tinnitus); Addictions; Depression; Occupational Stress; Bereavement; Life Transitions; Role/Identity Change; Job Loss; Living with Pain or Long Term Health Conditions; Coping with Memory Loss; Recent Trauma; Survivorship; Post Traumatic Stress; Self Harm; Family Conflict; Attachment Difficulties; Emotional Difficulties (e.g. anger); Childhood Trauma; Neurodiversity
Background and Specialist Interests
In addition to typical NHS mental health services, I have several years of specialist NHS experience working in physical health settings supporting people with both acute and long term health conditions (e.g. chronic pain, cancer, inherited conditions, stroke, diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, COPD, dermatological conditions).
More recently I have had an increased number of referrals for clients needing support to overcome the impact of Covid-19. Many clients are experiencing long term effects of having Covid-19 which include anxiety/low mood. This is thought to be linked with dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, alongside the psychological difficulties with experiencing the illness and post illness difficulties such as fatigue, difficulties returning to work.
My Therapeutic Approach
As a psychologist, my aim is to do more than just be a listening ear. I am trained to help you to get to the absolute root of your difficulties and work actively to support you to achieve permanent positive change. As every difficulty is as unique as the person experiencing it, I use an integrative approach that draws from evidence based models of psychotherapy and the latest research.
I currently utilise the following therapeutic approaches:
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy); EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing); Emotional Focussed Approach; CFT (Compassionate Focussed Therapy); Psychoanalytical; Transactional Analysis; Biofeedback Therapy (HeartMath)
I am based at The Moat House, in the heart of Sutton Coldfield. This is a large, spacious clinic room where social distancing can be offered where required. My therapy room has a warm and welcoming home from home feel. There is a shallow flight of stairs with a rail to access the room. If you are unable to manage stairs we can arrange a video consultation instead.
The clinic has good links to the M6 and motorway network and public transport. If travelling by car, there is plentiful local parking with the closest car park being situated behind Sutton Coldfield Police Station/The Royal Hotel on Anchorage Road (a one minute walk to the clinic).
Evening appointments (6pm onwards) are offered by online video consultation only.
Please visit my website for further details and to book my next available appointment. www.fouroakspsychology.co.uk
Why see a Clinical Psychologist?
Private therapy is an investment of your time and finances so you need to be sure you are employing a suitably qualified clinician.
The term 'Clinical Psychologist' is a protected title (it is illegal to describe yourself as this unless you are a regulated doctor of clinical psychology). All clinical psychologists are trained and rigorously assessed through a competency based framework to provide evidence based psychological assessment and therapy across the lifespan. They also have extensive experience working in the NHS as part of their standard qualification. This includes a variety of specialist settings with different client groups including children, adults, older adults, people with learning disabilities and neurological conditions.
By choosing to see a clinical psychologist you can be confident that your clinician possesses both breadth and depth of knowledge. A clinical psychologist is legally and professionally recognised as an expert in assessing and treating mental health conditions.
What will an initial consultation be like?
The process of the initial consultation will be collaborative, as we work to explore and make meaningful sense of your experiences and understand more about what may be contributing to emotional difficulties or limiting your capacity for growth and change. Depending on the complexity of your difficulties, this may take place over one or more sessions.
Once we have established a shared understanding of your difficulties, I will be able to recommend appropriate treatment. On occasion, it may be the case that I identify that I am not best placed to help. Due to my extensive training I will be in a ideal position to be able to offer further advice or signpost you to where you will find most benefit.
I am a recognised health care provider for a number of private health insurance companies including AXA PPP, Aviva, Vitality Health, Healix, Allianz Care
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Psychology (2008) University of Leeds
- PgDip Clinical Applications of Psychology (2014). University of Leicester
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) (2019). University of Warwick
- 2009-2012 Assistant Psychologist - University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
- 2012-2014 Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner - IAPT - Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- 2014 -2019 Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Older Adult Memory Services - Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Community Adult Mental Health - Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Learning Disability Services - Coventry and Warwickshire NHS PartnershipTrust
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Stroke and Neurorehabilitation - Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology Trainee Placement - Physical Health - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- 2019 - 2020 - Clinical Psychologist in Pain Management - Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 2020 - present - Clinical Psychologist in Neurodiversity Services. Private GP Leicester
- 2020 - present - Clinical Psychologist - Four Oaks Psychology. Sutton Coldfield
2012 British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology award winner for a project supporting patients with anxiety in an acute hospital setting.
Certified Heartmath (Heart Rate Variability) Coach and Trainer
Recent training attended:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Part One - Sandi Richman (2021)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (2020)
ADOS: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Dr Marianna Murin (2021) - Certificate of Competence
Adult and Child Safeguarding (2020)
Pain Management Programme (2020)
Information Governance (2020)
I am regulated and subject to audit by the Health Care Professionals Council. To maintain my professional registration I regularly engage in training and professional development opportunities. My qualification entitles me to chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I uphold the BPS professional code of ethics.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
See website for details www.fouroakspsychology.co.uk
I am a recognised provider for several health insurance companies e.g. AXA, Aviva, Vitality Health and many more. Please contact us for details at email@example.com
Daytime Hours (8.30am-5.00pm): Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Weekday Evenings (6.00pm-8.30pm)
Visit www.fouroakspsychology.co.uk to learn more about my services.