- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma focused CBT
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
Dr Lauren Colgan is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the NHS with psychosis, mood disorders, trauma and other severe mental health problems for the past 14 years. Lauren is passionate about challenging the stigma around mental health and is skilled at finding creative ways to engage people from hard-to-reach groups. She has a particular interest in the links between trauma and mental health, and uses this interest to support people to make sense of overwhelming difficulties.
Lauren has extensive experience in working with people from different cultural backgrounds and from across the lifespan, with expertise in supporting adolescents, adults and their families. Lauren is an integrative practitioner and draws on her extensive CBT skills as well as Schema, Systemic, Narrative and contextual therapy approaches (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) to creatively support her clients’ recovery. She works flexibly and imaginatively to help people reach their goals and improve their wellbeing.
Alongside her clinical doctorate training in clinical psychology Lauren has received post graduate training in CBT, CBT for psychosis, Family and Carer Supportive therapy, and is currently training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). Lauren also receives regular supervision from a qualified Schema Therapy supervisor and is therefore able to draw on a broad range of therapeutic approaches to support her client's needs.
While working with Lauren you will be supported to identify goals for therapy which will be used to inform the direction of the sessions. Whether your goals are focussed more on change or on understanding, these goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure that sessions remain focussed and always in keeping with your priorities. Lauren might ask you to complete questionnaires of mood and wellbeing throughout therapy. These ensure that the effectiveness of therapy is constantly monitored and ensures that any difficulties you are experiencing can be addressed. Of course, these questionnaires are completely optional. Sessions with Lauren are highly collaborative and can be adapted flexibly to meet your needs. If you prefer, Lauren can provide reading material or strategies to practice in between sessions to help you build on the work completed in the therapy room. Important members of your network (partner, family, friends, other professionals) can also be invited to join sessions if helpful to you. Throughout your therapy journey, Lauren will support you to progress at a pace that feels right for you and using approaches that you decide on together. If there is anything that you are not happy with at any point during therapy, please do not hesitate to discuss this with Lauren, and she will endeavour to address this.
Areas of interest
Adolescents (age 14-18); Adults.
Agoraphobia; Anxiety; Bipolar disorder; Depression; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Health anxiety; Hearing voices; Identity issues; Low self-confidence; Low self-esteem; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Over valued ideas; Panic attacks; Paranoia; Phobias; Post-natal depression; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Psychosis; Relationship problems; Schizoaffective Disorder; Schizophrenia; School related stress; Self-harm; Sexuality; Stress; Suicidal thoughts; Trauma; Unusual experiences; Work-related stress; Worrying;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Clinical Psychologist, Southampton Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Impact of attachment on help seeking behaviour, engagement and therapy outcomes in psychosis.
- The role of ethnicity as a barrier to engaging in family interventions for psychosis.
- Psychiatrists' understanding of religious presentations in the context of psychosis.
Lauren is passionate about challenging stigma around mental health. She has 14 years’ experience working in the NHS with psychosis and severe mental health problems. She has an interest in the links between trauma and mental health and uses this interest to support people to make sense of overwhelming difficulties. Lauren is an integrative practitioner and draws on CBT skills as well as systemic, narrative and contextual approaches (ACT, CFT and DBT) to creatively support clients’ recovery.
Quotes from clients who have engaged in therapy with Lauren in the last three years:
"Thank you Lauren! When we started meeting, I was at my lowest point and terrified on how I would begin to embark on motherhood when I felt like a failure most days. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’ve gone from being a complete recluse missing out on time with family and friends, to only being a partial recluse (!). You’ve given me light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel." (Client V)
"Lauren was able to get me so quickly and even though I wanted to be as open and honest at the beginning, I have the tendency to push back. However Lauren was able to see this and work through in without me feeling he was digging too quickly. She has pulled more out of me than ever before." (Client P)
"it’s been a great experience, and makes me reflect on how beneficial therapy would be to so many people." (Client L)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis Kings College London 2020
- Doctor of Psychology PsychD University of Surrey 2015
- CBT Informed and Carer Supportive Practice GradCert Kings College London 2017
- Psychology and Philosophy BA Hons University of Reading 2007
- Low Intensity CBT Interventions PGCert University College London 2011
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Graduate membership British Psychological Society 2009
- Practitioner Psychologist Health Care Professionals Council 2015
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)