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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Video and telephone consultations
I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, and a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society. I have a wealth of experience working with clients from across the life course and with many different kinds of difficulties. In addition to my private practice I work in the NHS in East London, with adults with complex and severe mental health problems. Previous posts have included working with children and families in a national specialist unit at the renowned Tavistock Centre, working in a children’s social care team, and as part of a psychological trauma service.
I approach therapy as a joint endeavour, where the goal is to help the client connect with their innate strengths and capacities to bring about positive change, whatever their background, age or type of concern. My practice is informed particularly by systemic, solution-focused and third-wave cognitive perspectives. I have completed post-qualification training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET).
In addition to NHS and private clinical work, I volunteer as a consultant to The Listening Place, a charity providing emotional support to people who are suicidal and in crisis. I am also a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office / British Red Cross Emergency Psychosocial Support Team, on call to respond to international disasters involving British nationals.
Alongside clinical practice I am an experienced researcher and consultant, with particular interests in the impact of socioeconomic factors on wellbeing and public mental health. In the academic and policy spheres I have published widely on psychological wellbeing, and led projects for the Department of Health, the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, Sciencewise-ERC, the National Mental Health Development Unit and more.
Areas of interest
PTSD and Complex PTSD
Identity and sexuality
Current NHS consultant posts held
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Integrative Therapy Team, Newham Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service
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Gabbay, M., […] Thompson, S., et al. (2017). Debt counselling for depression in primary care: an adaptive randomised controlled pilot trial (DeCoDer study). Health Technology Assessment, 21(35), https://doi.org/10.3310/hta21350
Thompson, S. (2016). Qualitative methods and public policy. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 321-322.
Thompson, S. (2014). On the diagnosis debate. The Lancet Psychiatry, 1, 498.
Thompson, S. (2013). Editor of section ‘Happiness and Society’. In S. David, I. Boniwell & A. Conley-Ayers (Editors at large), The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Thompson, S., Marks, N., & Jackson, T. (2013). Well-being and sustainability. In S. David, I. Boniwell & A. Conley-Ayers (Editors at large), The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Thompson, S., Michaelson, J., Abdallah, S., Johnson, V., Morris, D., Riley, K., & Simms, A. (2011). Moments of Change as Opportunities for Influencing Behaviour. Report commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Mahony, S., Thompson, S., & Seaford C. (2011). Ways to Wellbeing: Exploring the barriers to promoting public mental health. Report commissioned by the Department for Health and Sciencewise-ERC.
Aked, J., & Thompson, S. (2011). Five Ways to Wellbeing: New Applications, New Ways of Thinking. Report commissioned by NHS Confederation and the National Mental Health Development Unit.
Abdallah. S., Thompson, S., & Marks, N. (2008). Estimating worldwide life satisfaction. Ecological Economics, 65, 35-47.
Thompson, S., & Marks, N. (2008). Measuring Well-being in Policy: Issues and applications. Report commissioned by the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-being.
Aked, J., Marks, N., Cordon, C., & Thompson, S. (2008) Five Ways to Well-being: The evidence. Report commissioned by the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-being.
- Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) University of East London 2015
- MA University of Sheffield 2000
- PhD in Psychology Royal Holloway, University of London 2005
- MA St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge 1999
- CBT groups for childhood trauma Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre 2019
- Couples as parents and parents as couples Tavistock Centre 2018
- ACT for trauma Russ Harris 2018
- EMDR Richman Training 2019
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Psychwire 2018
- Motivational Interviewing MINT 2017
- Clinical supervision North Thames Clinical Psychology training programmes 2017
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy BRIEF 2016
- Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma Vivo International 2015
- Solihull Approach for working with children and families First Steps Hackney 2014
- Group facilitation Cruse Bereavement Counselling 2012
Affiliations / memberships
Registered Clinical Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (reg. no. PYL 32278)
Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), British Psychological Society
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)