Laura Bolger

Laura is a HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist and has been awarded Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Laura graduated from the University of Coventry in 2013 with an MSc in Psychology. She went onto to complete an MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield whilst working as an assistant psychologist for HMPPS supporting the delivery of psychological interventions. Laura subsequently spent three years working with the Metropolitan Police Service before returning to clinical work as a Forensic Mental Health Practitioner, completing focused risk assessments with offenders with mental health difficulties and complex needs in police stations, courts and the community. As a Forensic Psychologist in Training, Laura predominantly worked with complex, high-risk young people in custody and the community whilst leading on a project to embed principles of Trauma-Informed care within a Youth Offending Team. After competing her doctoral training, Laura took a position as a Qualified Psychologist in 2020 providing psychological services within the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway, specifically the individual assessment, treatment and case-management of high-risk offenders engaging with the Psychologically Informed Planned Environment in a Category B establishment. She is currently working towards Schema Therapy Accreditation and has completed and published research looking into the psychological processes of change involved in gang-related transitions.

Having worked in a variety of settings with a diverse range of clients, Laura is trained in a range of psychological assessment tools for use with adult and juvenile populations. She has particular interest and expertise in the risk assessment and management of gang involved individuals, individuals with personality difficulties and complex trauma histories, as well as those subject to IPP and life sentences who are experiencing difficulties progressing through the criminal justice system.