DR LAURA KEYES, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
                                                BSc (Hons). ClinPsyD. CPsychol. AFBPsS.

“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 Clinical Psychologist and Information Commissioner's Office. She is also an accredited EMDR therapist. She holds public liability and professional indemnity insurance. Dr Keyes works across our Bedford and St Neots bases.

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 Memberships:

Health & Care Professions Council

Information Commissioner's Officer

EMDR UK & Ireland

EMDR Europe - Accredited EMDR Therapist with EMDR Europe

Network Autism

Skills & Experience:

Independent practice experience:

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

  • A large proportion of her work is treating the impact of trauma using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and 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

  • 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:

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 with 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)

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)

Publications:

 

Media:

  • 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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