Dr Laura France brings to Beacon House nine years experience of working in the NHS, the past six of which have been based in the forensic specialty. In addition to her work for Beacon House, Laura works in a secure hospital with adult offenders whose psychological difficulties have brought them in to contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS), and consults to the National Probation Service as part of the National Offender Personality Disorder Pathway.

Laura is able to offer assessment and therapy to individuals who are expressing risky / offending behaviours, or, those who have not had contact with the CJS but are experiencing psychological distress that is impacting upon their daily life. Difficulties that Laura commonly works with include:

  • Unusual experiences (hearing voices, seeing or feeling things that others cannot)
  • Unusual and distressing beliefs that are not shared by others
  • The effects of adverse or traumatic early experiences on interpersonal functioning (sometimes referred to as Personality Disorder)
  • Low mood, or variable mood (experiencing highs and lows)
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Posttraumatic stress

Laura has previously worked for the Ministry of Defence, and is able to offer assessment and intervention to serving personnel or veterans who may be expressing risky or offending behaviours connected with service-related psychological difficulties.

Laura’s therapeutic approach is determined by the specific difficulties that her clients are seeking help with. Her main models of therapy are cognitive-behavioural, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and Schema-informed Therapy. All of Laura’s work has the importance of Attachment at its centre. Laura is committed to The Recovery Model, meaning that her focus is on accepting difficulties and past behaviours, and working towards a life that is truly meaningful and fulfilling to the individual. Laura’s approach is non-judgmental, hopeful and collaborative.

In addition to therapeutic assessments and interventions, Laura is also able to offer assessment of:

  • Overall cognitive ability
  • Memory
  • Executive functioning
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

Again, this is available for adults with or without risk / offending behaviours.

Finally, Laura can offer the following services to the Courts:

  • Independent assessment of offending and risk assessment to inform sentencing of offenders with psychological difficulties
  • Independent assessment of offending and risk assessment for the Oral Parole Board Hearings
  • Expert witness assessments in criminal cases
  • Assessment of the impact of cognitive deficit or ASC on offending behaviour
  • Assessment of the impact of cognitive deficit or ASC on capacity to follow Court process, and to understand and comply with conditions set out by the Court.

Laura holds a Dual Honours BSc in Psychology & Criminology, a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
    University of Surrey, 2010
  • MSc In Applied Forensic Psychology
    University of Leicester, 2005
  • BSc Dual Honours Psychology & Criminology
    Keele University, 2002
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