Dr Hayley Thompson
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, with a particular interest in working with teenagers and young adults. I can offer appointments on Thursday afternoons in St Albans or Mondays in Bloomsbury, London.
In my work and training I have developed specialist skills to help people who have experienced traumatic life events, and those who are adjusting to and managing physical health conditions and other complex situations. I am committed to helping people manage difficulties associated with PTSD, complex psychological trauma and the difficult emotions that arise when living with a health condition.
I completed my Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2011 and have worked within mental health services in the NHS since 2005. I work in an integrative way and tailor the therapy I offer to meet your needs. The therapies I draw upon include Narrative approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Initially I aim to get to know you and establish the factors that may be leading to and maintaining the difficulties you are experiencing. Once we have a shared understanding of these, we can set goals to ensure we are working towards the positive changes that are most important in your life.
You can email me to arrange a free initial telephone consultation to help us decide how I might be able to help. Appointments thereafter are held on Thursday afternoons in a confidential venue within St Albans town centre, or on Mondays in Bloomsbury, London. Please get in touch via email, specifying if you are looking for appointments in St Albans or in Bloomsbury, and give a brief overview of the difficulties you are seeking support for.
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I am accredited as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Training, qualifications & experience
Since 2005 I have worked in a verity of services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Hospitals, Youth Offending Services, an Adult Primary Care Service, an Adult inpatient hospital, an Obesity Service and a Child and Adolescent Trauma Service. I am currently employed by the NHS as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, where I work with children, young people and families living with a chronic health condition.
- Psychology BSc (hons), Staffordshire University, 2000-2004
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), University of Essex, 2008-2011
- EMDR training completed with ‘Richman EMDR Training’, 2014-2019
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
After I have received your email, I offer a free initial telephone consultation (up to 15 minutes) to discuss your needs and any questions you have.
Please contact me to ask about my fees, which are in line with my professional qualifications and experience. Typically, appointments cost between £100-£140. Fees cover the cost of meeting rooms, professional indemnity insurance, my preparation time and the consultation. If you have private health insurance you will need to ask your health provider for an authorisation code if they will be covering the cost of therapy. I am a registered therapist with Aviva, WPA, BUPA and AXA.
Thompson, H. & Lonsdale, J. (2008). Adapting the manual: Reflections on modifying standardised group materials. Clinical Psychology Forum. August 2008 (188). 21-24.
Thompson, H. & McPherson, S. (2011). The experience of living with a foster sibling as described by the birth children of foster carers: a thematic analysis of the literature. Adoption and Fostering. 35 (2). 49-60.
Thompson, H., McPherson, S. & Marsland, L. (2016). Am I damaging my own family: Relational changes between foster carers and their birth children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 21 (1). 48-65.
Thompson, H. & Yilmaz, J. S. (2012). The psychological and psychosocial factors that are self-reported by an obese population. Health Psychology Update. 21 (1). 10-18.
Trigg, K., Thompson, H. & Gammage, R. (submitted for publication). Piloting an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group for Parents of Adolescents with Type One Diabetes.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays 9am-5pm in Bloomsbury, London Thursdays 4-6pm in St Albans, Hertfordshire
Types of client