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Dr Sam Thompson

Dr Sam Thompson
MA (Cantab), PhD, DClinPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Clinical Affiliate, CPG

Sam is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist, and a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. A warm, curious and compassionate clinician, Sam believes that psychological problems usually arise because difficult things happen in people's lives, not because something is 'wrong' with them. He approaches therapy as a joint endeavour, where the goal is to help people connect with their innate strengths and capacities to bring about positive change. Sam has worked with people of all ages, and with a wide range of concerns including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, work-related stress, and difficulties linked to relationships, sexuality and identity. He particularly values Systemic, Compassion-focused and Solution-focused models of therapy, and is happy to work with individuals, couples, families and younger people.

When not at CPG, Sam works in the NHS, at the renowned Tavistock Centre. He is part of a national specialist team, supporting young people and families with complex issues relating to development, gender and communication. Sam is also a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office / British Red Cross Emergency Psychosocial Support Team. In this role, he is on call to respond to international disasters and incidents involving British nationals.

Sam came to clinical practice later in life, following a significant career as a psychologist in the policy, consulting and academic worlds. After a first degree from Cambridge he gained a PhD in social psychology, and then worked for several years at a leading think-tank. Here he explored the psychology of happiness and wellbeing, and led projects for - amongst others - the Department of Health, the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, and the National Mental Health Development Unit. He was also Senior Lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London, and Senior Research Fellow in public mental health at the University of Liverpool. Over time, Sam found that he wanted to put his psychological expertise to use in helping people more directly, which led him to train in clinical psychology at the University of East London. He is currently working towards further qualifications in Systemic Therapy, and has undertaken additional training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy for complex trauma, and Motivational Interviewing.

In his NHS role Sam regularly supervises other psychologists, and offers consultation and training to mental health professionals. Although now a full-time clinician, he remains active in research - recently, for example, he 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. He has published widely in the areas of happiness, wellbeing, and public mental health.

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