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- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
I’m Dr Sam Thompson, an experienced clinical psychologist, researcher, and educator. I have worked in the field of mental health and wellbeing since 2005, with roles in NHS services, charity and voluntary sector organisations, academic institutions and in private practice.
I have helped people with a wide range of difficulties: depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationships, grief and loss, and issues related to sexual and gender identity. I have considerable experience of supporting people who have been through past trauma and abuse. I have worked with adults, young people, couples, and families, as well as organisations and teams.
I draw on a range of approaches in my work, and particularly value Compassion-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment, Solution-Focused and Systemic models of therapy. I have undertaken additional specialist training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma.
In addition to In Tune Psychology I currently work in the NHS, where I am a lead psychologist for staff support at a major London hospital. I am an advisor to The Listening Place, a charity offering support to people in suicidal crisis, and regularly provide their volunteers with supervision and training. I am also a member of the British Red Cross Psychosocial Support Team, working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide a rapid response to traumatic events overseas, including terrorist incidents, natural disasters, and major accidents.
I came to clinical practice following a career in the policy and academic worlds. After a PhD in social psychology I worked for a leading think-tank and held a number of academic posts,
publishing widely on the psychology of happiness and wellbeing. Although now a full-time clinician, I remain active in research. Recently, for example, I explored the relationship between financial debt and depression as part of a large multi-centre randomised trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research. I am a member of the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology subcommittee on Public Health and Prevention.
Areas of interest
PTSD and Complex PTSD; Anxiety; Depression; Work-related stress; Relationships; Identity and sexuality
- Sam Thompson
- In Tune Psychology 8 Goodinge Close London N7 9EU
Current NHS consultant posts held
Lead Psychologist for Staff Support - Integrated and Specialist Medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London
Public mental health and prevention
Trauma and emergency response
Thompson, S. (2018). Wellbeing, mental health and the false promise of the medical model. In N. J. L. Brown, T. Lomas, & F. J. Eiroá-Orosa (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology. London, UK: Routledge.
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
- MA St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge 1999
- PhD in Psychology Royal Holloway, University of London 2005
- Group facilitation Cruse Bereavement Counselling 2012
- Motivational Interviewing MINT 2017
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Psychwire 2018
- Clinical supervision North Thames Clinical Psychology training programmes 2017
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy BRIEF 2016
- ACT for trauma Russ Harris 2018
- Couples as parents and parents as couples Tavistock Centre 2018
- Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma Vivo International 2015
- EMDR Pts 1-3 Richman Training 2020
- Solihull Approach for working with children and families First Steps Hackney 2014
- CBT groups for childhood trauma Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre 2019
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)
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Psychology session - (>50)