Welcome to The Private Psychologist.

The home of professional psychological services in Cambridgeshire.



Louise Coates is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Advanced Schema Therapist with over 20 years experience providing psychological expertise to individuals, groups, small and large organisations.

Working mainly in the NHS and criminal justice organisations, Louise has worked with people from many backgrounds and experiences.

At her clinic near Cambridge, Louise provides individual therapy for emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and personality disorders.

Louise provides reports for courts and parole hearings, including fitness to plead, personality and risk assessments.  Louise was a Psychologist member of the Parole Board for 7 years, working alongside members of the judiciary and lay members to make sense of psychological risk and need assessments and advise on appropriateness of release of people from custody.  In addition, Louise has an extensive history of providing expert witness testimony in youth and crown court settings, along with training members of the judiciary in psychological risk assessments.

For many years Louise has provided training to individuals and groups to enhance their understanding of forensic psychology issues such as risk assessment, offending behaviour programmes, report writing, maintaining professional boundaries, understanding offending behaviour, diversity and difference in a forensic setting.

Louise has supported, through formal supervision, psychologists in training to achieve chartered psychologist recognition.  She is currently an academic supervisor with the Cardiff Metropolitan University Forensic Training Course, for Forensic Psychologists in Training across the country.

When she is not working, Louise gives vent to her creative side through her love of music, crochet, sewing and repurposing old furniture.  IMG_3073

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Louise provides individually tailored therapy for people experiencing a range of difficulties including:
Depression, including postnatal depression
Low Self Esteem/Confidence issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Personality Disorders
Relationship Problems
Self Harm

Louise’s main therapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioural strategies, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.




Louise is qualified and experienced in providing the following services to the courts and parole board:

Fitness to Plead assessments; risk assessments and formulations; advice on the provision of interventions to manage or reduce risk of reoffending; personality and mental health assessments; advice on the provision of appropriate interventions for treating complex issues; evaluation of the impact of offending behaviour interventions on risk of reoffending.

Louise has specific expertise in the following areas:

Violent Offending

Sexual Offending

Adolescent Offenders

Stalking assessment and management

Intimate Partner Violence

Child on Parent Violence

Severe Personality Disordered offenders

Psychopathy and risk




Louise has over 20 years’ experience of providing psychological advice and consultation to organisations within the Criminal Justice and Mental Health fields.

Using a variety of well researched techniques, Louise can develop new strategies, review policies, evaluate the effectiveness of practice, and explore team dynamics, develop and deliver team building experiences.





Louise has an extensive experience of developing, delivering and evaluating training for individuals, teams and organisations.  Through her practice, Louise offers the following services:

Development of training needs analyses
Planning and delivering training events and programmes
Evaluating training and developing feedback and assessment mechanisms

Examples of the areas in which Louise has provided training:

Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised Initial assessor training and Inter-rater reliability training
Assessment and formulation of offending
Risk management and offending behaviour interventions
Professional boundaries and safe practice
Understanding personality disorders
Understanding the impact of trauma
Treatment of trauma and dissociation



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Freedom or justice

The current media storm regarding the Parole Board’s decision to release John Worboys at the end of his minimum prison sentence, raises some interesting issues about freedom of information and our expectations of justice. Like all other life sentence prisoners, Mr Worboys’ was given a minimum amount of time which he needed to spend in …

#me shhh

In the second of three blogs inspired by the recent #metoo campaign, I want to focus on the reasons why people respond in the ways they do during and after incidents of sexual harassment and abuse. Often when people come forward to report abuse after years of silence, questions are asked: why did they let …


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