Director, Therapy and Clinical Services
Laura Harrison is the Director of Therapy and Clinical Services at The Family Place. Along with Dr Vivien Norris ( Founder and Director) and Dr Emily Barnbrook (Clinical Director), Laura manages the service. She has considerable experience managing teams that provide therapy and therapeutic services to children and young adults who have experienced significant developmental trauma and loss. Laura is trained in Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 2. She has over 10 years’ experience as a senior teacher and manager within education, charitable, and fostering and adoption sectors in both private, not for profit and local authority organisations. Laura’s earliest work experience was with children as a class teacher in primary schools in Bristol and London. She has a masters level qualification in the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination and has held a number of senior positions in primary, infant and junior schools, leading on inclusion and additional needs (including SENCo). For a number of years Laura was an Independent Fostering Panel member in a children’s local authority sector. Laura has managed services that deliver specialist therapeutic services for children who have experienced complex trauma and loss in both England and Wales, working with families at home, looked-after children, and in residential and adoption sectors. Laura is passionate that families stay together in their communities and are able to attend local schools that have the skills and training to meet children’s needs.