Laura Eid is a Psychology graduate and a psychotherapist in training at the Private Therapy Clinic. Over the years, she has gained experience working as a Psychology assistant, a research assistant and a suicide hotline operator. She has worked with clients with a range of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, phobia or panic disorders
Laura uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in order to help clients identify and replace automatic negative thoughts with more adaptive ones through cognitive restructuring. CBT is an evidence-based and goal-oriented approach that works by focusing on the present, exposure and response prevention, problem solving, correcting faulty beliefs, and other techniques.
By working collaboratively with the clients, Laura will examine the validity and utility of their thoughts and challenge cognitive distortions that they may have. Homework is usually given at the end of the session in order for the clients to take what has been learnt during the therapy session and apply in their own lives whether in the cognitive or behavioural aspect.
During the initial assessment, the therapist and the client will get to know each other and build a rapport. This would be the opportunity for Laura to understand the client’s goal and create a therapy plan. She will also be able to answer all the questions regarding therapy and put the client at ease.
EDUCATION AND SKILLS
Laura graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she did her undergraduate studies in Psychology with a double minor in Behavioural Sciences and Economics. Her aim is to pursue a doctorate programme, in the goal of becoming an HCPC registered psychologist.
Laura works as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s college Hospital. She is working on projects regarding Eating Disorders and more specifically, Anorexia Nervosa, a complex et potentially chronic illness that often starts during adolescence. Laura finds it necessary to, not only train therapists in Eating Disorders, but also, help the care takers understand it and learn how to communicate effectively, using the new Maudsley approach.
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