8. Lauren Stock

Specialist in DEPRESSION (chronic long term or recent episode) • PANIC DISORDER • STRESS MANAGEMENT • SOCIAL PHOBIA • LOW SELF ESTEEM • GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER • OCD • MANAGEMENT OF SELF HARM THOUGHTS and ACTS

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Biography


To put quite simply, I feel that all individuals experience different levels of adversity and emotional pain at various moments in life. The extent to which we cope with this depends on factors ranging from our early experiences of nurturing, family and friendship groups, financial and social deprivation to our daily acts of self care and our values.

When we come up against problems such as crippling self doubt, self attacking thoughts, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, panic and obsessional worrying, it is important that we should receive safe, effective and supportive help. I believe that offering people the opportunity to tell their story from wherever feels right, to understand their problems in detail and to decide the various directions to take is a form of self care.

The majority of my professional experience has been withthe NHS as a psychologist working in the field of primary care mental health, hospital outpatients and Public Health for the last 10 years. This has involved developing and running self-management groups for managing common mental health difficulties and also helping GPs to identify early signs of depression in order to manage their symptoms sooner. My current role involves working in a team with Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses and GPs to offer mental health treatment planning.
I continue to work for the NHS in the main because I feel that this reflects the realities of life and the systems which continue to challenge us all.

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I am an accredited member of HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a Practitioner Psychologist

Approach to treatment

Every client will require a different style and focus for therapy and I think we will find the “click” in the first 1 or 2 sessions. I prefer sessions to be structured and focussed on specific aims to help you to understand the patterns which reinforce your problems and difficulties, as well as learning practical techniques and strategies to cope better. If it feels important, we also try to understand how these patterns emerged from earlier experiences, but sometimes what’s really needed is only known in the therapy space at that moment in time, and for me to respond to your needs with care and respect.
I try to be flexible and realistic about what is possible within our work together. I also believe that your feedback and experience of our sessions should regularly inform how we continue our therapy. So I hope we can work together collaboratively to quickly build your confidence and feelings of control.

Languages spoken

English

Currently Practice

I practice full time in an NHS Community Mental Health Service in Camden & Islington. I also work in a private London hospital as a sessional therapist.

Therapy Types

CBT, Schema focused and Long Term Psychotherapy.

Qualifications

I am qualified to doctorate level as a Counselling Psychologist, M.Sc and PPDipCP at Roehampton University. I also completed a Psychology Undergraduate Honours degree at Royal Holloway University of London.

Demographics of Focus

I am happy to work with anyone, from any age, culture, sexual identity, facing physical or mental health challenges. My experience is with socially deprived communities including asylum seekers and older adults. Regardless of demographics, individual experiences of distress are the most important priorities in therapy.