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Desideratum Psychological & Counselling Services Ltd

Bristol, Avon, BS9 3HQ
0117 959 6405 07532 182768 Registered / Accredited

About us

Psychological and Counselling Services for Adults, Older Adults, Trainees, Professionals and Employees.

Desideratum Psychological and Counselling Services Limited was founded by Dr. Maria Thompson on the 18th December 2013. The aim is to provide excellent and affordable psychological care for adults & older adults within Gloucestershire, Bristol and Gwent - South Wales.

Appointments also available during working hours, early mornings, evenings and weekends at Trym Lodge.

All psychological and counselling services are provided by:

Dr. Maria Thompson,
BSc (Hons) MSc, Post-MSc Dip., DCounsPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS.
Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Registered Counselling Psychologist

Health Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC)

Chartered Member / Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology

Associate Member of the Division of Neuropsychology

British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies (BABCP)

Facility for the Psychology of Older People (FPoP/PSIGE)

Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health

Faculty of Forensic Psychology

EMDR Association UK & Ireland

UK Psychological Trauma Society

Training, qualifications & experience

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.

Selected Qualifications:
Introduction to Counselling Skills & Theory Certificate
BTec Professional Development Certificate in Counselling
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Social Policy Degree
Masters in Counselling Psychology
Post-Masters Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
EMDR Trained Practitioner
Essentials in Clinical Supervision (BPS approved, conferring eligibility to join 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

BPS accredited MSc Neuropsychology:

     CPD in Neuropsychology

     CPD in Epilepsy, Seizures & Sleep Disorders
     CPD in Stroke
     CPD in Neurodegenerative Conditions
     CPD in Brain Injury

MSc Neuropsychiatry: CPD in Acquired Brain Injury
CPD in Psychometric Testing for Older Adults
CPD in Risk Assessment: HCR-20 version 2
CPD in 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)
Continuing Professional Development –  various attended each year - available on request.

Clinical Experience:

Dr. Thompson has been working therapeutically with individuals, couples and groups  since 1997 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. Throughout her career she has provided staff support, service development, management, supervision and risk assessment.

Since entering into private practice in December 2013 she has worked predominantly with Adult Survivors of childhood abuse, Personality difficulties, Anger Management, PTSD due to various causes, Depression, Anxiety and Relationship issues.  As part of her developing work as an expert witness, she has produced several medico-legal reports and HR reports.

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Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Referrals are accepted for Issues such as:

Mental Health, Psychological trauma, PTSD: accident, PTSD: injury, PTSD: rape, PTSD: traumatic childhood, PTSD: life events, Adult Survivors of Abuse, Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Cognitive Function assessment & treatment, Memory Impairment assessment & treatment, Violence risk assessment, Female offender issues, Medico-Legal Reports, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Psychological assessment of adults, Psychological treatment, Psychological assessment of older adults, Self Esteem, Self Development, Anger Management, Assertiveness Training, Behaviour Problems, Race & Religious Issues, Carer Support, Grief and Loss, Life Transition & Adjustment Issues, Interpersonal Relationship issues, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Personality Assessment, Psychopathology Assessment, Anticipatory Grief & Bereavement, Multiple Losses, Pain Management, Relaxation Difficulties, Sleeping Difficulties, Stress Management, Palliative Care, Chronic Health Conditions, Neurodegenerative Conditions, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Early onset Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Brain Injury, Neuro-Rehabilitation & Injury Counselling, Victim of Crime, Cult Involvement, Domestic Violence, Self Harm, Suicidal Risk, Workplace Bullying, Work & Occupational Stress, Mental Illness, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Anxiety Management, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Dissociative Conditions, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Personality Disorders, Personality Difficulties, Older Adult Issues, Older Adult Well-Being, Domiciliary / Home Visits for Senior Citizens, Domiciliary / Home Visits for clients with disabilities, Domiciliary visits to Charities, Domiciliary visits to Nursing Homes, Person Centred Dementia Care, Older Adult Well-Being Groups.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Individual Therapy - £80 (for 60 minute sessions).
Couples Therapy - £130 (for 60 minute sessions).

Further information

Maria is a recognised psychologist practitioner with the following health insurance providers through Desideratum P&C Services Ltd:

- AXA PPP Healthcare     - AVIVA     - BUPA     - PruHealth     - CIGNA

Trym Lodge
1 Henbury Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7.00 am to 9.00 pm. Saturday & Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Voice mail or text messages can be left on the DPCS Mobile during all other times.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme



Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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