Dr Lauren Rooney, Clinical Psychologist
Hello, it’s nice to meet you.
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and DBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. They do not always offer skills to help you make changes. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Why do people choose to have therapy?
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.
I value the importance of a safe therapeutic relationship, where clients are supported to explore their difficulties. Taking the step to see a therapist is understandably very challenging, so developing a collaborative, empathic working relationship is a very important element. I aim to support clients to develop new perspectives and enthusiasm for change based on their strengths.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace, you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (020 7112 8834).
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the NHS since 2013, supporting people across the lifespan from young children to older adults with a range of difficulties, including people who have had strokes or brain injuries, long term neurological conditions and learning disabilities.
I have experience of working with a range of issues including anxiety and depression, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, OCD, bereavement and difficulties coming to terms with long term conditions. I also have experience working with clients who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse.
In my current role in the NHS, I work in an Older Adult Mental Health Team, supporting clients with managing mental health problems, the stress of being carers, and working with people with cognitive difficulties including memory problems. I also have specialist interest in supporting people with long-term health problems or multiple issues including both physical and mental health problems. Through my research, I have developed a particular interest in working with couples – particularly where a male partner may be experiencing mental health problems.
PsychD Clinical Psychology 2016
MSc Experimental Psychology 2010
BSc (hons) Medical Neuroscience 2009
- Mindfulness Training – The Rowans Hospice May/June 2017
Clinical Supervisor training – Southampton University April 2018
Compassion Focussed Therapy – Paul Gilbert February 2018
ACT for Neurorehabilitation – Psychology Chartered July 2016
Bereavement and Loss - Southern Health November 2017
Presented at Men’s Mental Health Conference - UCL 2017
Working with People with Autism – ADRC 2012
- Working with behaviours we experience as challenging – Psychology Chartered November 2015
British Sign Language Level 2 – Portchester Community College May 2011
- Dialectic Behaviour Therapy – Southern Health September 2017
- CAT for Supervisors – Dorset Healthcare July 2018
- CBT for Complex Trauma – London Trauma Specialists October 2018
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
We provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you, the individual, our charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees range from £95 to £140. Individual sessions range from £75 to £95 and are usually 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment.
Some of our therapist do offer concessions and we are registered with a number of insurance companies. We are always happy to discuss costs with you and are committed to try to make Clinical Psychology and psychological therapy as accessible as possible. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (020 7112 8834) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.
As I mentioned above, I work as part of a larger practice called Avenue Therapies. This is great as we have a range of therapists to suit many different difficulties and can often be more flexible to when you want to be seen.
We also offer Asperger / Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment, diagnosis and support (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/autism-assessment) and Occupational Therapy (http://www.avenuetherapies.com/occupational-therapy).