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Laura Cook

Educational Psychologist

After completing her B. Ed and B. Ed (honours) in Educational Psychology, with distinction, Laura started off her career in the education field. She taught in the UK for a year and then worked as a learning support teacher in Johannesburg. She completed her M. Ed (Educational Psychology) degree, with distinction, in 2009. Laura did her internship at Family Life Centre in 2010, where she gained experience in play therapy, adolescent and adult counselling, family therapy and couple’s counselling. In 2011, she started in private practice, as well as working at a school a few mornings a week.

Laura’s passion and focus of practice is working with children and their families. She is most interested in understanding child development, parent-child relationships, parenting, play therapy and barriers to learning

Services offered:

Support for parents and infants (0-2). Adjusting to life with an infant and understanding the infant’s physical and emotional needs can be confusing, overwhelming and emotionally evocative. Some aspects parents may be assisted with include:

  • Trauma
  • Problems with sleeping, feeding and separation
  • Developing a loving and healthy bond with your baby
  • Making sense of your unique baby’s make up and needs

Parent support. Parenting can be very challenging, and support and guidance is always helpful. In parent support sessions, some aspects that may be addressed include:

  • Gaining greater insight into your child
  • How to handle challenging behaviour
  • How to foster self-esteem, confidence and resilience
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to establish and maintain a good and lasting relationship

Emotional support for children. Children who are struggling emotionally can be assisted through one-on-one sessions (play therapy). Some of the struggles that a child may be assisted with include:

  • Adjustment
  • Parental separation and divorce
  • Anger and aggression
  • Worrying and anxiety
  • Separation distress
  • Trauma

Psycho-Educational Assessments. When a student is identified as experiencing difficulties at school, a referral is often made to an educational psychologist for a psycho-educational assessment. The student’s development cognitively, educationally and emotionally is assessed. This assists in identifying what underlying difficulties the student may be experiencing and his/her support needs.

School Readiness Assessments. A child is assessed for readiness for formal schooling, including cognitive, educational and emotional readiness. It assists with making informed decisions about how to proceed.

Concession Assessments. Concession assessments are done to determine whether the student needs specific accommodations to achieve to his/her potential. They are usually done in high school and are required by education departments and the IEB to be granted concessions. Concessions may include extra time, a scribe, a reader, spelling and others.

To contact Laura directly, please click here or call 082 788 1361.