Dr Maria Thompson Cognitive behaviour therapy psychologist , BS9

Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd

Dr Maria Thompson

BSc (Hons), MSc, Post-MSc Dip., DCounsPsych., C.Psychol., AFBPsS.

Consultant Counselling Psychologist


Maria is a Registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychologist Society. 

Dr Thompson is also affiliated with a number of BPS Divisions, Interest Groups, Faculties and Networks which enhance her knowledge and clinical practice.  See the website under the About tab for further details.

Dr Thompson has 18 years of experience of working with allied professionals, students, psychologists in training and the public in a wide range of settings.  She has 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 and physical health issues.  

Dr Thompson has 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). She was a psychologist in an Employee Assisted Programme for Council employees.  Dr Thompson developed an Older Adult domiciliary service and practiced within the NHS in Primary and Secondary care (GP surgeries and Older Adult In/Outpatients).  She 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.
Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd was founded in December 2013 for the assessment and treatment of adults and older adults, professionals, employees and trainees. Clinical supervision, UG and PG Teaching and Expert Witness referrals are also accepted.  Dr Thompson is accredited with The Foundation of Infant Loss Training 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. 
Dr Thompson holds a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Certificate and maintains appropriate Professional Liability Insurance.  DPCS Ltd is also registered and compliant with the confidentiality and data protection requirements of 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 and qualifications

Introduction to Counselling Skills & Theory Certificate (1997)
BTec Professional Development Certificate in Counselling (1998)

BSc (Hons) Psychology & Social Policy 2.1 Degree (2001)
Masters in Counselling Psychology (2003)
Post-Masters Diploma in Counselling Psychology (2005)
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (2010)
EMDR Trained Practitioner – Levels I, II, III (2008/2009)
BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology, Approved Supervisor
Essentials in Clinical Supervision (BPS approved, conferring eligibility to join RAPPS The Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors)
Level A Testing – BPS Test Users Register and Certificate of Competence
Level B Intermediate Testing – BPS Test Users Register and Certificate of Competence
CPD in BPS accredited MSc Neuropsychology: Stroke
CPD in BPS accredited MSc Neuropsychology: Neurodegenerative Conditions
CPD in BPS accredited MSc in Neuropsychology: Brain Injury
CPD in MSc Neuropsychiatry: Acquired Brain Injury
CPD in Psychometric Testing for Older Adults
CPD in Psychometric testing: WAIS IV, WMS IV, PAI, MEAMS, ACE-R, DKEFS, BADS, TEA, MCMI III, Doors and People, Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, KGV(M) Plus use of others for HD (Problem behaviours in HD), Dementia (MMSE, Montreal) Executive function (BRIEF, DEX) Parkinson’s, Mood (BDI, ADS, SDS, BAI, HADS) pain, (Abbey field) and suicidal risk Becks), evaluation (CORE)
CPD in Risk Assessment: HCR-20
CPD Writing Court Reports (2005)
Master Class Expert Witness Presenting Evidence in Court (2008)
BPS Becoming An Expert Witness (2014)
BPS Expert Witness Level 1 Essential Knowledge of being an Expert Witness (2014)
BPS Expert Witness Level 2 Report Writing (2014)
BPS Expert Witness Level 3 Presenting Court Room Evidence (2014)
BPS Expert Witness Level 4 Use of Psychometric Assessments for Court (2014)
EWI certified Medico-Legal Report Writing (Core Skills) (2014)
BPS Approved Certificate Working with Substance Misuse (2016)
Foundation Course Solution Focused Practice (2016)
BPS Approved Certificate Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - DBT (2016)
BPS Approved Certificate Motivational Interviewing and Beyond (2016)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Refresher/Supervision Day (2015)
Food for Thought - CBT for Eating Disorders (2015)
Working with Military Veterans (2015)
Physical Illness and Injury and Pain and Trauma (2015)

Cognitive Therapy for Paranoia (2015)
Single Session Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2015)
Simplifying Personality Disorder Treatment - A New Paradigm for CBT (2011)
Improving Supervision Skills - Problems and Complexities in CBT Practice (2009)
An Introduction to Supervision of CBT - Essential Skills (2009)

Continuing Professional Development – various attended each year, available on request.


Please note that Psychologists can charge up to £150 per hour for consultations and therapy.  Dr Thompson does not offer free consultations or concessionary rates but instead chooses to offer all clients a lower standard rate.  This allows more people the opportunity to access therapy with a psychologist who perhaps otherwise would not be able to afford to do so.
Clinical Assessments by quotation
HR Assessment Reports by quotation
Expert Witness / Medico-Legal Reports by quotation - See Expert Witness Pages for guide.
Individual Therapy (Practice Locations / Online / Domiciliary Visits)
Adult Rate: £80.00 - 60 minutes 

Senior Citizen Rate: £80.00 - 60 minutes
Elderly Outreach Counselling Psychology Service: £80.00 - 60 minutes
Voluntary Sector Rate: £80.00 - 60 minutes

Single Session Integrative - CBT Therapy
£130 - 90 minutes

Couples Therapy: £135.00 - 60 minutes
Group Therapy by quotation
Clinical Supervision: £80.00

Private Insurance referrals accepted:

BUPA, AXA PPP Healthcare, AVIVA Health, PruHealth, CIGNA Healthcare.

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Trym Lodge, 1 Henbury Road, BS9 3HQ
Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd
Trym Lodge, 1 Henbury Road

Riverside Court, Beaufort Park Way, NP16 5UH
Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd
Riverside Court, Beaufort Park Way
NP16 5UH