Dr Holly Thompson
Experienced Clinical Psychologist specialising in child, adolescent and family mental health.
I completed my undergraduate training and doctorate in Australia; three years ago, I relocated back to the UK with my young family. During my clinical training in general adult mental health, I had an opportunity to specialise in child, adolescent and family mental health, and spent my early professional years working in the Australian NHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). In Australia, I also had my own private practice providing assessment and treatment to adults. I currently work at my private office in The Firs, treating both adults and children for a range of difficulties, particularly anxiety, depression and PTSD. I take pride in providing a 1:1 level of care that can be more difficult to offer in an NHS setting.
Research and previous work
My research interests are within the area of adolescent mental health, and I have published several peer-reviewed research articles exploring self-harm in young people. In recent years my clinical work has taken precendence.
Since returning to the UK, I have worked in the charitable sector providing therapy to children presenting with Post-traumatic Stress difficulties, and most recently, exclusively in the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services providing assessment and treatment to young people with complex and enduring difficulties.
Presenting problems I have treated include:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Depression and Anxiety
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Grief and loss
Autism Spectrum Disorders
I am trained and experienced in delivering a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, although all of my clinical work involves Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have completed specialist training in Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (known as Trauma Focussed-CBT), and I frequently work with adults and young people presenting with a range of difficulties following trauma.
I have a special interest in the use of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT), especially in the treatment of disorders such as anxiety and depression.
In the course of treating children and adolescents, I also work with parents and families (and if required, schools), to develop treatments tailored to each young person. I am experienced in conducting a range of assessments (for example cognitive and developmental). Please contact me directly if you may require an assessment service.
I am a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC number: PYL28476).
What to expect
The initial appointment is usually longer, up to 1hr 15mins, where we will spend time talking about your concerns and areas of difficulty and also how you would like things to be different. During our first appointment I sometimes invite children or young people to speak individually with me if they want to, or if preferred, the whole session is spent altogether. I will talk with you about your concerns and how you feel this impacts on you/your child. I hope you will feel able to talk with me about your goals and how you would like things to be different.
At all times I aim to be gentle and sensitive, and I view young people and parents as the experts on themselves and what is normal or not for them. During the first appointment, I am usually able to give an opinion about the nature of the difficulties described, and whether I believe I have the correct expertise to assist, and if not, where I feel you would receive appropriate treatment. If I feel I can help, I usually follow-up this initial appointment with a summary of my understanding of the difficulties, and a suggested plan of face-to-face sessions with a review. Thereafter, therapy appointments are usually 50 mins.
To make an appointment or to speak with me directly, please email
Registered practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC number: PYL28476)
The Firs, High Street, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire HP22 4JU
Please get in contact for assessment and treatment fees
Reduced fees for self-supported tertiary students in full-time education
Tel: 07523 863300