Expertise and Experience
Dr Lamerton is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Lincoln. She is a Registered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist.
Dr Lamerton is experienced in working with a range of clients. Historically, she has worked in a range of settings including medium secure care for men and women (also with an outpatient service), healthcare and mainstream prison environments and private practice specialising in child protection / parenting assessments.
Early in her career, she worked voluntarily within a special needs school, in an ‘Appropriate Adult’ role within the probation service supporting children in custody, as a camp counsellor for Camp America and as a physical support worker. Dr Lamerton has, for the last eleven years, worked within high secure forensic mental health care.
Dr Lamerton has experience of working with a range of presenting difficulties, including clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, medically classified as mental illness or personality disorder and the associated complex trauma. Dr Lamerton works within an attachment model where the power of the therapeutic relationship is paramount in supporting growth. She uses a trauma informed, systemically driven, psychologically led and evidence-based way of formulating a client’s difficulties; recognising the importance of the many varied factors that influence the development, aetiology and maintenance of distress.
Dr Lamerton has experience of delivering a wide variety of treatments both individually and within a group context. Some of these include work in relation to self-injurious behaviour, substance and alcohol use, mental health and well-being, depression and anxiety, phobias, mindfulness and relaxation, insight and formulation, problem-solving, coping and support work, sexual offending, treatment for violence (including within the family), motivational and self-esteem work, psychosis and personality, to name a few. Dr Lamerton also has experience of assessing a range of clinical and forensic needs including those required to inform differential diagnosis, complex neurological presentations and linked to risk of future offending, which inform care targets and pathways.
Dr Lamerton works within a range of models including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Schema Therapy, amongst others. Experienced in working with complex cases, she is used to combining elements of different treatment approaches to provide a truly responsive and bespoke service to clients. Dr Lamerton also has experience of delivering training and supervision to a range of disciplines, managing programme delivery by others, service evaluation and development.
2006 – Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (ForenPsyD) – University of Birmingham
2002 – Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods (PGC SSRM) – Nottingham Trent University
2002 – Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc Hons), 2:1 – Nottingham Trent University
Professional Registrations and Memberships
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – PYL16052
British Psychological Society (BPS): Associate Fellow – 157325
BPS Division of Forensic Psychology
EMDR Association UK and Ireland
Adult Psychology (assessment and treatment of complex trauma, personality disorder, mental illness, interpersonal, attachment and adaptive functioning difficulties, substance use)
Forensic Issues (assessments and treatment of violent and sexual offending)
Main Therapeutic Approaches
Schema (informed) Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)