THE LAWRENCE HOUSE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES WELCOMES YOU
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.
ASSESSMENT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)
Our assessments are compliant with NICE guidelines. Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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 ASD where appropriate. A full and comprehensive report will be completed and shared with appropriate parties with the client’s agreement
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 ASD AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Our assessments are compliant with NICE guidelines. Assessment for ASD and learning difficulties will consist of a combination of the above processes including an initial assessment session, up to 3 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.
THE AUTISM TEAM
DR. SHARLA LAWRENCE
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 Disorder (ASD) and learning difficulties as well as therapy with children and young people from her office base in Nuneaton.
Early Years Practitioner
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 12 months 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 ASD. 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.
These are the prices for our packaged services, but we offer various other therapy and training services available upon request. Please enquire below.
Note to our clients - Our fees increased on 19th April 2022 due to increases in a lot of our costs - Any assessments booked in before then will continue to be charged at the previously advertised lower rate.
INITIAL ASSESSMENT SESSION
ONGOING THERAPY SESSIONS
ASSESSMENT FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)
ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING PROBLEMS
COMBINED ASSESSMENT FOR BOTH ASD AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY ASSESSMENT
(an indepth assessment as clinically indicated)
ADDITIONAL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES AVAILABLE
Price on Request
CONSULTATION FOR NURSERIES, SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES; AND BESPOKE TRAINING PACKAGES.
Price on request
WHAT OUR FAMILIES SAY ABOUT US
What my families say is extremely important to me, which is why I value their feedback. I’m invested in making sure my clients are happy with all of the therapeutic and psychological services I offer. Take a look at what they’ve said about their experiences and schedule your appointment today.
"I would recommend Dr Sharla to anyone and thank her continuously."
"Having been added to the exceptionally long waiting list by CAMHS for an ASD assessment for our daughter, we decided to contact Dr Sharla after hearing a recommendation for her services on a local online support network. From our initial contact with Dr Sharla she was warm and friendly. We were able to begin appointments very quickly and communication was always clear and friendly. At our first meeting Dr Sharla proved to be a genuinely helpful and supportive person. She made us and our daughter comfortable during our sessions, so much so our daughter was disappointed that they had ended! Dr Sharla was inclusive and insured our daughter understood what was happening and in the final consultation regarding the outcome of the assessment included time to speak to her. Our final report is clear and contains helpful information on supporting our daughter's needs for both at home and within education. I would recommend Dr Sharla to anyone and thank her continuously."