Laura Durkin

Laura Durkin

Biography

Laura is a registered psychologist in NSW with a Masters Degree in forensic psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and maintains an association with the Anxiety Practitioners Network. Laura has worked on a voluntary basis for the Anxiety Disorders Alliance and has been involved in research into gender and family related issues, such as domestic violence, through the Department of Corrective Services. She has also acted as a researcher at the University of Western Sydney. Recently Laura has diversified her research focus exploring risk perception in relation to sex offenders, and in particular child sex offenders. She has undertaken training, supervision and has commenced work in the area of forensic assessment, in both the civil and criminal capacities.

In combination with her assessment work, Laura has experience in the treatment of drug and alcohol issues as well as mood disorders, with a particular interest in Bipolar disorder, and with a focus on the impact and role of these issues in the forensic population. She currently provides group as well as individual therapy in these areas, offering individual generalist therapy or group based programs which adopt a Cognitive Behavioural framework and place an emphasis on addressing issues of criminogenic relevance. Within these frameworks Laura is able to provide counselling and therapy for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, problematic substance use, stress management, recovery planning, self-esteem, anger management and communication skills among other things.