“I am constantly amazed by people’s resilience, inner strength, and motivation to keep persisting in the face of adversity. I believe that one of the most important things a therapist can offer their clients is a safe, respectful and non-judgemental space where they can learn to understand their difficulties and receive support in overcoming life’s challenges.”
Laura is a warm, genuine and empathetic psychologist. She is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to overcome life challenges and achieve treatment goals. Laura understands that everyone’s life story is different. She provides a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to explore and understand their difficulties, and works with clients to tailor evidence-based therapy to their unique situation. Laura has experience supporting clients with a range of difficulties, including eating disorders, grief and illness, school and behavioural problems, anxiety and depression.
Laura’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with First Class Honours. She is near completion of her combined PhD/Master of Clinical Psychology degree at Macquarie University.
Laura is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001818925).
EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
Laura has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a diverse range of clinical presentations, including anxiety, depression, grief and illness, acute psychosis, eating disorders, and school-based issues. She strongly believes that each client comes to therapy armed with their own unique strengths and resources, and works collaboratively with clients towards treatment goals.
Laura has a special interest in eating, dieting and weight disorders. During her training, she worked with adult eating disorder patients at the Westmead Eating Disorder Day Patient Program, providing both individual and group therapy. Laura has witnessed the struggle that many patients face, and how difficult it can often be to ‘give up’ an eating disorder. Oftentimes having an eating disorder fulfils a purpose in a client’s life. Laura helps clients to consider the short- and longer-term cost of disordered eating, in terms of the impact on health, mood, and social isolation. She supports clients in challenging their eating-disordered thoughts and behaviours, and helps them to reconnect with aspects of their life that were previously important and valued, such as family, friends, work/study, and spiritual wellbeing.
Laura also has ample experience working as a school psychologist. She helps children and adolescents with difficulties in areas of bullying, study-related stress, school refusal, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, grief, behavioural problems, social skills difficulties, and attentional problems. She is open to working with individuals as well as family members to achieve the best therapeutic outcome. Laura understands how school can be stressful, especially in later years with increased academic workload and high expectations to perform. She has undergone training in the Study Without Stress program for HSC students and the Chilled program for adolescent anxiety, and is well equipped to help children and adolescents better manage their study routines to reduce school-based worry and stress. Laura is also experienced in providing psychometric assessment for learning, attentional and behavioural difficulties.
Laura maintains a strong interest in cancer survivorship. She understands the difficulties that people face during this time, such as fearing cancer recurrence, and managing treatment side effects. Many patients are unhappy with how their body has changed after cancer treatment, or else feel fatigued and unable to maintain previous activities. Cancer can have a profound impact not only on the individual, but on the family unit. Laura can provide support and guidance during this time, and help clients and their families adjust to life post-cancer.
Laura works to ensure that all treatment approaches are evidence-based and tailored to each client’s particular area of need. She is trained and experienced in a range of treatment interventions, including:
•Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
•Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
•Motivational Interviewing (MI)
•Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
•Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
As a scientist-practitioner, Laura ensures she undertakes continuous professional development in order to provide efficacious and evidence-based treatment to her clients. Laura’s PhD research focuses on the psychological aspects of breast cancer survivorship, an area which she is exceptionally passionate about. To date, she has published nine research papers in well-regarded scientific journals, in addition to co-writing a book chapter focusing on body image and cancer. Laura has used her research findings to inform the development of a novel evidence-based website, grounded in CBT, mindfulness, and positive psychology, designed to help support women during breast cancer survivorship.
Laura has presented her research at both national (Sydney, Melbourne) and international (Japan, USA) conferences. She has received a number of awards for her research, including a recent prestigious travel grant to present her findings in San Diego California, and visit health researchers at The University of California Merced. Laura is also involved in the breast cancer community, and has presented on the emotional aspects of breast cancer to facilitators of the YWCA ENCORE program, a program designed to help women with the after-effects of breast cancer surgery.
WORKING WITH LAURA
If you would like to book an appointment with Laura or would like to discuss further how Laura could assist you with achieving your therapy goals please contact reception on 02 8814 5703 or email@example.com