Dr Pauline Thomson, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychology
I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of a range of psychological therapies which allows me to tailor therapy to each person's specific needs. I offer daytime, evening and weekend appointmentsin Ballymena and Derry/Londonderry. In exceptional cases other locations may be possible.
All therapies offered are evidence based and NICE recommended including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). No single therapy addresses all problems or helps all people Comprehensive assessment is crucial before deciding on the therapy which best meets each person's unique set of circumstances.
In addition to assessment and therapy for emotional disorders I also carry out memory assessments and provide advice on management of such problems based on assessment results.
I also accept medico-legal work and assure a quick turnaround on reports i.e. within 2-4 weeks of instruction, depending on complexity of the case.
For further information about me and my service please telephone, e-mail or visit my website www.mapt-ni.co.uk.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Edinburgh University
BSc (Hons) Psychology from University of London.
Prior to setting up in private practice, I worked for the NHS. I have over 12 years experience of supervising CBT practitioners. I am an accredited IPT Practitioner and am trained in, and have extensive knowledge and experience of a range of other psychological therapies. I have taught on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at Edinburgh University and have provided clinical and research supervision to Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
I currently offer therapy to adults of all ages, young and old but have expertise and a wealth of experience in adapting psychological therapies to meet the differing needs of older people and people with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and levels of understanding. For example, to people with dementia and, with the assistance of Translators and British Sign Language Signers, to people with hearing impairment and those whose first language is not English.
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DAYTIME / EVENINGS / WEEKENDS. Telephone manned intermittently: 9.30am-6.00pm. Secure answer machine available at other times.
LIMITATIONS: No Therapist can have the knowledge, skills and expertise to offer therapy to address all problems. I will only work within my areas of expertise and offer you assessments or therapeutic interventions for which I have the relevant training, knowledge and skills to use.