What is Clinical Psychology and how can it help me?

Clinical Psychology is a type of psychotherapy which is concerned with the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mild, moderate and severe mental and physical health problems. The types of issues Clinical Psychologists deal with include (but are not limited to) depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, eating disorders, addiction, pain, relationship issues and management of chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes).

What can I expect from the first session?

The first session is a chance for you to get to know our psychologist and vice versa. You can expect a confidential and professional service. During the first assessment session, Dr. Thompson aims to gain an understanding of the issues that bring you to seek assistance and will share with you her formulation/diagnosis of your problem and how she intends to help. She will also give an indication of how long therapy is likely to last.

How long will therapy last?

Each session lasts for 50 minutes. The number of sessions depends on the type and severity of the problem and differs from person to person. Dr Thompson and the patient agree together on the most appropriate length of treatment, and this collaborative process can be revisited frequently as treatment progresses. Typically, treatment lasts for between 4 and 20 sessions, with the majority of cases lasting between 6 and 12 sessions.

Our Specialist

Dr. Marie Thompson is a UK trained, native English speaking Clinical Psychologist. She is highly professional and experienced at working with adults and young people with a wide range of issues. She prides herself on providing a tailored, individual approach which is embedded in well-researched, evidenced-based psychological techniques. At the heart of Dr. Thompson’s practice is a strong genuine rapport with her clients. Her work is embedded in international guidelines for ethical practice.

She is Chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Healthcare Professionals’ Council in the UK and is licenced with the Dubai Health Authority. Dr. Thompson has worked within the National Health Service, private practice and the corporate sector in the UK. In The Netherlands she was Head of the Behavioural and Social Sciences Department at Webster University, Leiden, as well as working with victims of human rights’ violations for an NGO and maintaining her private practice. She recently developed a mobile application for stress management.

Key Areas of Expertise

Corporate Services

Dr. Thompson frequently provides lectures and workshops to all levels of corporate organisations. Popular topics include:

  • Maintaining Peak Performance under Pressure
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Having Difficult Conversations

Dr. Thompson prefers to deliver workshops / lectures which are tailored to the individual needs of the team and organisation and values discussion with key stakeholders prior to developing the content. This conversation can take place in person, over email or over the telephone.


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