Dr Sarah Dawes

Dr Sarah Dawes is a Forensic Psychologist who qualified in 2014. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and she holds a European standards certification in psychology as well. Sarah specialises in forensic mental health and has substantial experience working with both men and women involved with the criminal justice system, secure psychiatric hospitals and community services. She has worked intensively with those who suffer a range of complex needs and diagnoses including mental illness, personality disorder and learning disabilities. Difficulties experienced by those she has worked with are often complicated by co-occurring problems with substance use, self-harm, trauma and / or serious offence related behaviours (such as violence, arson, stalking and sexual offending). Despite the nature of work Sarah has often been able to develop a positive therapeutic rapport to establish a shared understanding of difficulties experienced and to support a collaborative process.

Sarah currently works as an independent practitioner and is able to carry out formal psychological assessments, including assessments of forensic risk (violence and sexual risk) using structured professional judgment methods, alongside assessments of mental health, trauma, personality disorder and cognitive functioning. By gaining a more in-depth understanding of presenting difficulties it can be of value to provide information for clinical questions raised, inform treatment planning and aid decision making. She is accustomed to writing psychological reports detailing the outcome of assessments and assessment process ensuring the quality is to a high standard.

Areas of Specialism:

• Assessment of risk of future violent offending (e.g. HCR-20 version 3).
• Assessment of risk of future sexual offending (e.g. RSVP).
• Risk assessment of non-contact internet sexual offending.
• Assessment of the impact of trauma and PTSD.
• Personality assessment (e.g. MCMI-IV).
• Treatment recommendations to address mental health and risk needs.
• Assessment of cognitive functioning/intellectual impairment (e.g. WAIS-IV).
• Substance misuse related reports.

Courts or Tribunals: Criminal and Offending, Family Court, Immigration and Asylum, Mental Health Tribunals, Personal Injury

Age groups: Adult

Psychological Specialisms: Adult Mental Health Problems, Forensic, Learning Difficulties, Personality Disorder, Sexual Offending, Substance Misuse, Trauma and PTSD

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