Dr Maria Thompson – Consultant Counselling Psychologist – Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd

Trym Lodge, 1 Henbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Avon, BS9 3HQ
Psychological and Counselling Services for: Adults, Older Adults, Trainees, Students, Professionals, Veterans and Employees.
My Services:

Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd Dr. Maria Thompson, BSc (Hons) MSc, Post-MSc, DCounsPsych., CPsychol., AFBPsS. Consultant Counselling Psychologist | HCPC Registered & BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist | EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner | Foundation of Infant Loss Accredited Practitioner I assist adults and older adults to reduce distress, improve awareness, connection, functioning and QoL through face-to-face and online counselling and psychological therapy. You can explore and address your concerns safely with session materials to take away for future reference. I offer evidenced approaches. Since 1998 I have worked with many people in their recovery from a range of emotional, behavioural, personality and mental health issues across various settings to Consultant level. Hopefully, I maybe of assistance to you also. Do you, a relative, a partner, a colleague or employee need to see a Psychologist urgently for a single session, short term therapy (1 – 6 sessions) medium term therapy (6 – 24 sessions) or long term therapy (25 – 156 sessions)? Referrals also accepted from Rehabilitation Services, NHS, Local Authorities, Case Managers, Solicitors & Insurance Clinical Teams. You are welcome to call or email me to outline the issues and pressures you are managing currently. You can discuss the kind of support you are looking for and find out if I am able to assist you. Then decide whether you would like to attend for a consultation session (usual fee applies) to determine if therapy with Maria is likely to be helpful. Clinical Experience I have been working therapeutically with individuals, couples and groups since 1998 in a wide range of settings.  I have extensive clinical experience of providing psychological assessment and treatment for adults, older adults with mental health and forensic histories, that presented with mild, moderate, severe enduring and complex mental, neurological and physical health issues. I have worked in statutory and non-statutory organisations in the voluntary, public and private sectors.  Her positions have included a University Senior Lecturer, A Consultant / Crisis Services Manager and Head of Psychology within the Female Prison Estate (Medium Secure). I was a psychologist in an Employee Assisted Programme for Council employees and developed an Older Adult domiciliary service whilst practicing in the NHS in Primary and Secondary care (GP surgeries and Older Adult In/Outpatients).  I gained 5.5 years experience as a Consultant Counselling Psychologist within the prison service and within a Low Secure Private Hospital supporting those with complex co-morbid forensic and mental health issues, brain injury and neurodegenerative conditions. I am also experienced in providing staff support, service development, management, supervision and risk assessment. In December 2013 I entered full-time into Private Practice and receive referrals from businesses, charities, Insurance companies, care co-ordinators, case managers, solicitors, medico-legal and rehabilitation agencies along with self-referrals.  I have worked with a range of trauma related issues such as PTSD, BPD, complex trauma, abuse, dissociation, suicidal ideation/intent, self-harm, brain injury, personality and relationship difficulties. I am frequently asked to assist with low self-esteem, self-hatred, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, loss including infant loss, and adjustment, stress, challenges with workplace bullying, time management and return to work issues, identity and mood issues such as anger, shame, depression, panic and anxiety.  My role involves the completion of clinical assessment, progress and discharge reports, reports for Human Resources, Social Services, Insurers, Employee Assisted Programmes, Rehabilitation Services and Expert Witness reports for civil claims. At least 50% of my caseload involves the assessment and rehabilitative treatment of adults presenting with personality issues, PTSD and complex trauma related symptoms. I am accredited with The Foundation of Infant Loss to work with parents that have experienced infant loss in pregnancy or after birth due to termination, miscarriage, stillbirth, sudden infant death syndrome / cot death or accident. I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate and maintain appropriate Professional Liability Insurance.  DPCS Ltd is also registered and compliant with the confidentiality and data protection requirements of Cyber Essentials, The British Psychological Society, The Health and Care Professions Council, GDPR and The Information Commissioner’s Office to maintain the electronic and physical security of sensitive, personal, financial and health related information.

Training, qualifications and experience:

I have completed a wide range of training and qualifications since 1998 in counselling, psychology, counselling psychology, neuropsychology, psychometric testing, therapeutic approaches, personality, trauma, life span and mental health ranging from certificate to doctoral level. I have 22 year experience of working with the public in a range of settings including charities, university, HMPS prison service, NHS and private hospitals, community outreach and private practice. Please see my website for further details of my expertise and clinical experience.

Professional memberships:

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist Chartered Member / Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner – EMDR Association UK & Ireland Foundation of Infant Loss Accredited Practitioner Plus others – see website for further details.


Self funding adult rate: £85.00 per 1 hour session. Telephone or Online meetings also available. Insurance, managed rehabilitation and assessment fees differ. Please enquire for current rates.

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Contact Name: Dr. Maria Thompson, BSc (Hons) MSc, Post-MSc, DCounsPsych., CPsychol., AFBPsS.
Phone Number: 07532 182768
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