THE LAWRENCE HOUSE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES WISHES YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Hello and welcome to The Lawrence House Psychological Services. I do hope that the information contained here will help to answer your queries about seeking support from The Lawrence House.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions or queries.
A BIT ABOUT US
The Lawrence House Psychological Services was founded by Dr Sharla Lawrence (D Clin Psy).
Dr Sharla qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2013 and has worked extensively with children and families since qualification. She is registered with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist.
Her main area of specialist interest includes the identification of autism and work with children who struggle with emotional regulation due to autism or exposure to trauma. She is also skilled in the application of a range of psychological therapies (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – ACT and Mindfulness-based approaches) to address a variety of emotional difficulties including anxiety, low mood, school refusal and trauma amongst others.
The Lawrence House Psychological Services has recently moved into its own premised at 1 Stratford Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. CV11 5BS. We also utilise the therapy rooms, as required, at Clarity Wellbeing Clinic Ltd, 1st Floor, 15B Coventry Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5TD.
THERAPIES AND ASSESSMENTS
With You Every Step of the Way
Psychological therapy can be helpful for a range of different emotional difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive difficulties, grief/ bereavements and phobias amongst other presentations. A treatment plan will be discussed and agreed following an initial assessment session and a set number of sessions suggested in the first instance. Typical therapeutic approaches used include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness amongst others.
We also offer Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy (OT),Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) and new to The Lawrence House "Brick by Brick Therapy"
BRICK BY BRICK THERAPY
Brick by Brick Therapy has been proven to be an effective way to support children in developing their communication and social skills, improving their social interaction, whilst giving them skills to sustain lasting friendships and reach their full potential.
The children will build and create by communicating and working as a team. Visual aids are used to encourage children who find using their own voice difficult. This allows all the team to have a chance to problem solve and their thoughts to be heard.
Using LEGO bricks and sets, each week the children will be given tasks and assigned a defined and interactive role within the group.
Brick by Brick Therapy also supports the development of fine motor skills, creativity, perseverance, management of frustrations and task development without a fear of failing.
This course runs for 6 weeks at a time and it is suitable for children, aged 5-16 years. All Therapy is delivered by trained Brick therapy facilitators in conjunction with Play Included
ASSESSMENT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITION (ASC)
Our assessments are compliant with NICE guidelines. Assessment for Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) will consist of the completion of a full neurodevelopmental history (for under 18’s this will be completed with the parents only), a speech and lauguage screening assessment, play based sessions and completion of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2). Any speech and language difficulties identified through the screening will then be offered an indepth Speech and Language Therapy assessment (this will incur an additional cost as outlined below). It may also include school observation or consultation where appropriate. At the conclusion of the assessment a discussion about any psychological formulations of the individual’s difficulties will be undertaken and this will include the diagnosis of ASC where appropriate. A full and comprehensive report will be completed and shared with appropriate parties with the client’s agreement
ASSESSMENT FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
We offer ADHD Assessments for both adults and children above the age of 8yrs Our assessment is compliant with NICE guidelines.
This will include an initial assessment with one of our multi-disciplinary teams and one session in person to gather evidence using Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Scale, Brief 2 behaviour rating inventory and a learning assessment. To get a formal Diagnosis of ADHD there needs to be evidence across 2 separate settings.
A full clinical and psychological assessment will include discussion with our team about behaviour and symptoms in the person's everyday life.
As a practice if we feel a diagnosis is to be made, we have a link with a local psychiatrist who will be able to provide medication if they think this is necessary.
ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Assessment for learning difficulties will consist of an initial assessment session (for under 18’s this will be completed with the parents only) and one assessment session with the individual to be assessed. It may include school observations where appropriate. At the conclusion of the assessment a discussion about any psychological formulations of the individual’s difficulties will be undertaken. A full and comprehensive report will be completed and shared with appropriate parties with the client’s agreement
ASSESSMENT FOR ASC, ADHD AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Our assessments are compliant with NICE guidelines. Assessment for ASC, ADHD and learning difficulties will consist of a combination of the above processes including an initial assessment session, up to 4 assessment sessions, plus speech and language screen and a discussion regarding psychological formulations of the individual’s difficulties will be undertaken, including any appropriate diagnoses. Additional speech and language assessments will be completed as necessary (this is incur additional costs as stated below). A full and comprehensive report will also be completed and shared with appropriate parties with the client’s agreement.
Director & Dr. Clinical Psychology
Dr Sharla Lawrence (D. Clin. Psy.) is the sole director of The Lawrence House Psychological Services. She has been working with children and young people for the majority of her career both as an assistant psychologist and since graduating from Coventry University and Warwick University in 2012 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She completed her specialist placements in an NHS Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic team in Solihull, Warwickshire and in a Clinical Health Psychology department at a local NHS acute hospital. Since graduating she has worked both in various physical health departments including cardiac and renal services and in a general health psychology service and in Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) primarily working in autism services, in both diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Since opening The Lawrence House Psychological Services in 2017 Dr Sharla has worked extensively in schools and educational services offering clinical psychology input to students, staff and families in Coventry and Warwickshire. Much of this work has been supporting Special Educational Needs (SEN) children to access support through assessment, diagnosis and consultation. More recently she has begun to complete diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties as well as therapy with children and young people from her office base in Nuneaton.
Early Years & Autism Specialist
Nicola Moore has been working with children and families in early education for 28 yrs. Having gained experience through various roles and settings she now works as a family support worker and has a keen interest in children’s behaviour and nurturing children’s wellbeing.
She has experience in autism, behaviour difficulties, eating and sleeping difficulties, play therapy theories and currently works with children in the care system to engage and reconnect with their main support network.
She has worked within The Lawrence House team for the last 2 years assisting Dr Sharla in her ADOS assessments. She also supports the speech and language initial screening within the team.
Speech and Language Therapist
Catherine Steele qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1996 from Birmingham City University. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
Post qualification, Catherine worked in the NHS for 18 years and then moved into Independent practice in 2014. She has developed a wide range of clinical skills working predominately within Pre-school settings and Primary schools supporting children with speech, language and communication needs including children with ASC. Catherine has extensive experience working with parents, teaching staff and associated professionals.
Catherine has a special interest in early language development and preventative work. This linked to her 5 year secondment as Speech and Language Therapist for the Nuneaton Sure Start Team at Riversley Park Children’s Centre.
Michelle Wilson has been an occupational therapist for 11 years, Working with children with lots of different needs including autism, Worked in eating disorders, mental health for the NHS and private practice.
Michelle can conduct part of the autism assessments, Occupational Therapy assessments which can look at how children and young people manage their self-care, physical needs such as gross and fine motor skills and explore sensory needs.
Bethany Moore has worked as part of the team since we opened our doors to a new building in March 2022.
Bethany is based in our town centre office and manages all of our day-to-day appointments and queries. She will respond to your emails, take phone calls and make initial contact with schools.
Bethany is currently working towards professional qualifications to enhance the offerings within the practice.
These are the prices for our packaged services, but we offer various other therapy and training services available upon request. Please enquire below.
Prices below are for sessions from 1st April 2024
INITIAL ASSESSMENT SESSION
ASSESSMENT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITION (ASC) - For children and adults
ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING PROBLEMS
COMBINED ASSESSMENT FOR BOTH ASC or ADHD, AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
ASSESSMENT FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
For children and adults
COMBINED ASSESSMENT FOR ADHD & ASC
COMBINED ASSESSMENT FOR ADHD, ASC & LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
TOP UP ASSESSMENT FOR ADHD
For existing clients of The Lawrence House that previously completed an ASC assessment
BRICK BY BRICK THERAPY
6 week course, for children aged 5-16 years
A pre-therapy assessment is also required - £50
ONGOING THERAPY SESSIONS
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Initial assessment & Summary clinically indicated £270
Detailed Report (Additional) £110
Nursery / Shool Visits £85
Therapy Sessions £80
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT
How much will it cost?Each of our service is priced to ensure that they are available to as many people as possible. Our prices can be viewed in the Fees section of this site. Any queries please use the contact form.
How do we get in contact?The Lawrence House can be reached through a form on our website www.thelawrencehouse.co.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07549 922356. We are also present on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Are your ASC / ADHD diagnoses recognised by schools and local authorities?Yes. Our assessments contains all the essential components to ensure it adheres to NICE guidelines, including multi-discipline discussion and is accepted by local authorities and schools. We are very rarely challenged about our assessments, and on the few occasions we have been, we have been able to fully allay any concerns. We have also received feedback from schools and clinical bodies about the high quality of our assessments. Further, we are regularly commissioned by local schools to complete diagnostic assessments.
What services do you provide?The Lawrence House Provides various therapies and assessment services including Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, as well as assessments for Autism Spectrum Condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and learning difficulties. For more information see the Therapies and Assessments section of the site.
What payment methods do you accept?The Lawrence House accepts cash, bank transfer, and credit or debit card?
Do you do assessments for adults as well as children?Whilst it is more common for children and adolescents to be assessed for ASC or ADHD, we do offer a full range of assessments and services for adults too.
Do you recommend any books or products to help me and my family?Whilst we wont directly refer you to a single book or product we have created a page on our site of products that our families have found useful in helping them following our assessment or therapy sessions. These items include products we use during our sessions, therefore, they may provide comforting familiarity for children and adults alike. Useful Products
Do you do remote assessments for ASC or ADHD?We do not do entirely remote assessments for any of our families as it is essential that our multidisciplinary team see and interact with our families. Your assessment may include school observations as deemed necessary and any speech and languages difficulties identified will then be offered an in-depth Speech and Language Therapy Assessment. We may host remote feedback sessions with our families, but we will always give the family the option of a face to face appointment.
Where are you located?The Lawrence House can be found in Nuneaton Town Centre. 1 Stratford Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. CV11 5BS. We opened our therapy rooms in 2022 and are continuing to develop the premises and offer complimentary services from the location. For directions see Google Maps The nearest car parking at the nearby Ropewalk Shopping Center
Where is the nearest parking to your clinic & therapy rooms?The nearest car parking is at the nearby Ropewalk Shopping Center