laura kennedy nightingale hospital therapist

Laura Kennedy

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist , EDMR therapist

Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (PgDip)
  • Professional Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies (PgCert)
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology (PgDip/ M.Sc)
  • Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Psychology (BA hons.)
  • Accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Member of the EMDR Association, UK & Ireland

Professional statement:

As a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, I provide in-depth assessments, formulations and treatment interventions to a range of anxiety disorders and depression.

I have worked as a therapist for the national health service (NHS) and the Health Service Executive (Ireland) for a number of years. I provide group and individual therapy in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, including; panic disorder, agoraphobia, hypochondriasis, social anxiety, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and specific phobias. The specific phobias I work with include, emetophobia, blood-injection/injury phobia, situational phobia, animal phobia, choking phobia (etc).

I have received expert training and supervision through the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at Kings College London. As a result of this training, I have learned new and up-to-date perspectives and approaches in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. I have provided therapy to a wide spectrum of clients, including older adults, children and adolescents, alongside clients with long-term health conditions and learning disabilities.

Personal statement:

My main treatment approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), alongside Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work collaboratively with clients by helping them to gain an understanding of their difficulties through the development of idiosyncratic CBT formulations, followed by bespoke treatment planning. I am deeply passionate about implementing sound evidence-based practice with clients.

Working with diverse groups has emphasised for me the need to respect and value individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race, background and culture.  I adapt my practice to work flexibly with clients whilst staying true to effective evidence-based practice. I am enthusiastic about empowering individuals through client-centeredness whilst respecting confidentiality at all times.



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