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.