Laara is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working full time for Beacon House. She brings to the team a wealth of experience working with children who are looked after; and children and families who are receiving input from the Local Authority.

Laara has accumulated over 10 years’ experience working in the field of Clinical Psychology and 6 years working for a Specialist CAMH Service. In her previous role within the NHS (based within a Local Authority) and now in Beacon House – Laara offers psychological assessments, therapeutic interventions and consultation on issues relating to child care proceedings, child development, attachment and trauma, mental health, sibling attachments, contact with birth family and permanency and matching. She is able to work directly with parents, adoptive parents, foster carers, children being placed for adoption and children and young people in care. She also works closely with contact supervisors to facilitate child centered and safe family contact and support parents in their relationships with children.

For the last 4 years Laara has provided regular consultancy, reflective supervision and training to a number of independent children’s homes. She provides assessment and intervention for complex and traumatised adolescents who are experiencing high levels of emotional distress. She has a lot of experience assessing self-injury, suicidality and other serious mental health presentations; and a long standing interest in using participatory approaches to engaging and working with young girls at risk of sexual exploitation and hard to reach young people.

Laara is committed to working in collaboration with families and young people. She values learning from the families and young people she meets and shares psychological theory and ways of working with them so that they can think together about how they would like to work towards change and understanding. Laara draws upon developmental theory, family therapy, narrative therapy, community psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic and solution focused approaches depending on what is most useful to a person in times of distress.

  • Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)
    Dawn Harris Epione Training & Consultancy, June 2019
  • Currently Training: Part 1 of the Animal Assisted Play Therapy Course
    International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy
  • EMDR Levels One, Two and Three
    Sandra Richman, 2016 – 2017
  • Expert Witness: Essential Knowledge, Report writing
    British Psychological Society (2015)
  • Adolescent Based Mentalisation Based Treatment (AMBIT)
    Anna Freud Centre (2014)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Level 1 and Level 2
    Family Futures (2013)
  • Clinical Reliability Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
    BeginningwithA, Autism Consultancy and Training (2010)
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
    University of Exeter (2006-2009)
  • BSc Psychology
    University of East London (2003-2006)
  • Advanced Safeguarding Training
    High Speed Training, July 2019
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • Trauma and Attachment Congress
    New York 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2017
  • Video Interaction Guidance Basic Training
    The Tavistock, May 2016
  • The Prevalence, Nature and Severity of Mental Health Difficulties experienced by Looked After Children and those Adopted from Care – Michael Tarren-Sweeney
    BAAF, 2 days (2013)
  • Signs of Safety & Wellbeing multi-agency partner training
    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board, 2 days (2013)
  • Clinical Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment Training and Education (RATE)
    South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (2013)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People for Lead Professionals (Level 3)
    Wandsworth Safeguarding Board (2013)
  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Supervising Narrative Approaches to working with Children/Families
    University of Surrey (2012)
  • Advanced Supervisors Workshop, Clinical Formulation – Child and Family
    University of Surrey (2012)
  • Safeguarding Children, Level 3, Domestic Violence, the impact on the child
    2011
  • Serious Case Review, Learning the Lessons, British Society for the Study and Prevention of child abuse and neglect
    (BASPCAM) (2011)
  • Personality Disorder and Parenting
    Anna Freud Centre, (2009)
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts: A workshop for Clinical Psychologists
    Tavistock Clinic, London, 5 days, (2009)