I am a Senior Chartered Clinical Psychologist, professionally accredited by both the Health and Social Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have over 10 years of experience working in the NHS to support children and young people (0-18 years) with a broad range of emotional and behavioural difficulties across a number of highly specialist child and adolescent mental health services. This has included work with children with moderate to severe learning disabilities, children with neurodevelopmental difficulties, children with chronic physical health conditions, children within youth offending services and children within secure psychiatric inpatient services. Currently, I job-share as Lead Clinical Psychologist for a health service that works directly into Children’s Social Services, offering consultation and training to foster carers and multi-agency networks of children in care. I also work independently for a charity, offering therapeutic support and assessment to adoptive families. Beyond this, I have experience of developing NHS services, providing clinical supervision for junior colleagues, conducting doctoral-level psychological research and teaching on a local Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I have received core training in a number of therapeutic approaches, which I use to inform my therapeutic work. This includes training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Family Therapy, Brief Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and most recently, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – an attachment-focused family therapy for treating developmental trauma. Depending on what is clinically indicated, I am also able to work with children and young people in a variety of different ways. This includes directly, such as one-to-one, alongside their parents/carers or family members and via therapeutic group work. It also includes indirectly, such as via training and mentoring for parents/carers and professional consultation, training and mentoring to multi-agency networks. I find the flexibility to draw upon a range of therapeutic models and ways of working can be particularly helpful in supporting ‘hard-to-reach’ young people, or those who have not responded well to more ‘purist’ approaches to therapy in the past. I also offer cognitive and adaptive functioning assessments.
- Post-Doctoral Specialist Training:
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level 2 (DDP Institute, 2018) – an attachment-focused therapy for children who have experienced developmental trauma.
- Train the Trainers: Adaptive Metallization Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT) – an integrated approach to engaging hard-to-reach adolescents (Anna Freud Centre, 2018)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level 1 (DDP Institute, 2017)
- Advanced Clinical Supervisor Training (Salomons, University of Canterbury, 2017)
- Family Partnership Model (Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, 2013)
- Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for Depression (Tavistock Clinic, London, 2011)
- Post-Doctoral Specialist Training:
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Essex, 2011)
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Reading, 2004)
I am happy to provide details of recent continued professional development upon request.
Publications & Conferences
Tinkl, L & Hiskey, S (2017) Keep NICE and Carry On: Reflections on Evidence-Based Practice. Clinical Psychology Forum: Special Issue (CPF Awards 2016), 289, pp 48-52.
Tinkl, L & Hiskey, S (2015) Keep NICE and Carry On: Reflections on Evidence-Based Practice. Clinical Psychology Forum, 269, pp 40-44.
Tinkl, L. (2011) The relationship between anxiety sensitivity, panic and posttraumatic stress in operational and non-operational police personnel. Presented at…
The Home Office (2011)
Essex Police and University of Essex Trauma Research Collaboration Conference (2011)
Postgraduate Student’s Conference, School of Health and Human Sciences, The University of Essex (2011)
Poster Presentation Postgraduate Student’s Conference, School of Health and Human Science, The University of Essex (2010)
2016: Nominated for Clinical Psychology Forum Award (2016) for the innovative and academic quality of an earlier publication
2011: Invitation to join the National UK Police Welfare Committee in recognition of my work in establishing a trauma-focused research collaboration between my affiliate university and a local police force.
2011: Invitation to present my doctoral thesis to the Home Office and to contribute to the development of an evaluation programme for an early trauma intervention model in the UK for Police and Military personnel.
Laura is available at our Lewes Practice.