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Dr Laura Keyes
  BSc, ClinPsyD. CPsychol. AFBPsS.
Manor Farm Lakes/remote
(Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays 10-3)


“I valued our discussions immensely. You helped me to organise my thoughts and gave me the tools to create a much happier, less stressful life. I came to you ready and willing to change, you helped me re-align my values whilst getting to know me and my situation. You helped me change my life for the better. You helped me (stop) recharge, slow down and re-structure my life whilst feeling relaxed, safe and comfortable. I am now able to focus on what is important to me; from ‘me time’ to self-care to unsent letters. I was able to speak to you as a friend. You are a very caring, highly skilled professional. You are fantastic at what you do. Thank you!”  (using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, 2019)

 "I am so happy with the sessions and Laura allowing me to have a safe space to be completely honest.  I genuinely feel like a very different, more grounded individual!" 
(using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, 2019).
“EMDR has been incredibly effective to treat PTSD. Laura was very thorough and helped me process my trauma” (using EMDR for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 2019)

"You spent time to explain EMDR treatment to me which I appreciated, as its never clear enough online. I had a lot of anxieties before each session but you really helped me cope and battle through my issues. I had doubts that this would work but I find it fascinating at what it has done for me and I am so grateful for the good places this therapy and you have got me to. Its only natural to doubt that this “isn’t for you” and “it wont work” but it really does, and you will get your life back after it." (using EMDR for trauma, 2019). 

  • Dr Laura Keyes is registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist and Information Commissioner's Office.
  • She is an accredited EMDR therapist, offering EMDR to both young people and adults.
  • Laura works with adults and young people, supporting them with a range of mental health difficulties.
  • Her specialism is assessing and supporting people with Autism and/or ADHD, as well as helping people to recover from trauma.
  • She holds public liability and professional indemnity insurance. 



Skills & Experience:

Independent practice experience:

  • Providing therapy as a Clinical Psychologist to young people and adults in Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

  • A large proportion of her work is treating the impact of trauma using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Offering more specialist assessments for Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties

  • Providing workshops on Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Providing supervision to other Psychologists and organisations including 'Autism Bedfordshire'

  • Pro bono volunteer for Trauma Response Network for those affected by attacks in Europe

NHS experience:

  • 2013-2019: Specialist Advisor, Care Quality Commission

  • 2015-2016: Principal Clinical Psychologist, Adult Autism Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust

  • 2013-2015: Senior Clinical Psychologist, Bedfordshire Learning Disability Service

  • 2011-2013: Clinical Psychologist, Buckinghamshire Learning Disability Service

  • 2008-2011: Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University College London

Relevant training:

  • The Shark Cage: A practical framework for addressing risk & re-victimisation in women who are victims or abuse & domestic violence, Ursula Benstead Consulting (2024)

  • Strategies to reduce being bullied and teased for Autistic children, Tony Attwood (2023)

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) for professionals, Attwood & Garnett Events (2023)

  • ACT for adult ADHD, Dr Russ Harris (2023)

  • ACT for Perfectionism and People Pleasing with Dr Russ Harris, Psychwire (2023)

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse. Carolyn Spring, (2023)

  • Good Practice in Autism Education, University of Bath/FutureLearn (2022)

  • Understanding ADHD: current research and practice, Kings College London/FutureLearn (2022)

  • Safeguarding Adults (level 3); Safeguarding Children (level 3); Child Sexual Exploitation; Adult Sexual Exploitation; E-Safety; Modern Slavery & Trafficking; Awareness of Domestic Violence & Abuse. Fabricated Illness. Female Genital Mutilation. Personal safety for lone workers. Awareness of Forced Marriage. all with Virtual College (2022)

  • EMDR Therapy With Military Personnel & Veterans, EMDR UK (2021)

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Hidden Condition, Phoenix Publishing House (2021)

  • Tony Attwood's 4 seminars on Autism: children, adolescents, cognitive difficulties. ACAMH (2021)

  • ACT for Perfectionism and People Pleasing. Contextual Consulting (2021)

  • EMDR Europe accredited Child training, part 2/2. Child Trauma Therapy Centre (2021)

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance for Self-esteem. Contextual Consulting (2021)

  • Healing the fragmented self after trauma & Stabilizing the unstable. Janina Fischer (2021)

  • ACT for Adolescents. Louise Hayes (2020)

  • Perinatal Trauma. College of Perinatal Emotional Health (2020)

  • EMDR Europe accredited Child training, part 1/2, EMDR Academy (2019)

  • CBT and Counselling with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clients: A Masterclass with Professor Tony Attwood. SDS Seminars (2019)

  • ACT and Grief. Contextual Consulting (2019)

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Carolyn Spring (2019)

  • Working with Shame. Carolyn Spring (2019)

  • Diagnosis and Assessment of Adults with ADHD. UK Adult ADHD Network (2018)

  • Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum. NAS (2018)

  • The Assessment and Management of Suicidality. Greyrock/BPS (2018)

  • ACT for Trauma with Dr Russ Harris, Psychwire (2018)

  • ACT for Adolescents with Dr Russ Harris, Psychwire (2018)

  • ACT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders with Dr Russ Harris, Psychwire  (2017)

  • Treating Trauma Master Series. NICABM (2017)

  • The Science of Happiness. BerkeleyX, edX (2017)

  • ACT Refresher with Dr Russ Harris, Psychwire (2017)

  • Online Life Coaching Course. Auspicium (2017)

  • EMDR Basic Training EMDR Europe Accredited Training. EMDR Academy (2017).

  • Psychological First Aid online. NCTSN (2017)

  • Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with childhood traumatic grief. MUSC (2017)

  • Expert Witness: Responsibilties & Business; Report writing; Court room evidence; Using psychometrics. BPS (2017)

  • A Sensible Approach to Sensory-Processing Disorder: Overview of All Subtypes. Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (2017)

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. MUSC (2017)

  • De-escalation strategies and techniques. CPI (2016)

  • Sharing best practice on diagnosing adults with neurodiversity. BPS (2016)

  • Update: supervisors course. University of Hertfordshire (2015)

  • Studying towards Diploma in Narrative Therapy. The Narrative Therapy Institute. Levels 1 & 2 of 3 completed (2014/15)

  • Year 1 of 2 PGCert in systemic therapy. Anglia Ruskin University. (2014-15). 

  • Introduction to Clinical Supervision Course. University of Oxford (2012-13)

  • Mental Health Tribunal training. University of Hertfordshire (2012)

  • Working with people with Asperger’s syndrome with Tony Attwood (2012)

  • Introductory Workshop in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2012)

  • BPS learning course: Modules 1, 2 & 3 for Autism (2011-12)

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) (2011)

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (2011)



  • ITV News Anglia West (14 April 2023 6pm) for segment about "if you wouldnt say it, don't sent it" about leaving negative online comments.

  • On screen psychologist for “Shut Ins” for Channel 4 (2019) & "Shut Ins" Where are they now?" (2021)

  • Articles for BBC Good Food:

“What is Misophonia?” (2019) 

"What is Trypophobia?" (2019) 

"How to talk to your child about Coronavirus" (2020)

"Social Anxiety: how to cope following COVID-19" (2020) 

"Dealing with conflict over Christmas" (2020)

"How to deal with stress" (2020) 

  • Talking Point article for JUNO magazine (late summer 2021): Dr Laura Keyes discusses the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns on family life and proposes ways we can process it.



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