Dr Pauline Thomson, Clinical Psychologist
The Memory Assessment & Psychological Therapies service (MAPT) was established and is run by Dr Pauline Thomson (Clinical Psychologist). Pauline gained her first degree in Psychology from the University of London and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She has almost 18 years post-qualification experience of providing psychological therapies and carrying out memory assessments. She is Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and worked within the NHS prior to setting up in private practice in Northern Ireland.
In her clinical practice she uses therapies which are evidence based and have been recommended in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence's Guidelines (NICE) or Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) for specific problems. Pauline has significant experience working with people with a range of problems including depression, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, bereavement (including pet bereavement), anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anger, stress, sleep disorders, adjusting to physical illness and chronic pain. This list is not exhaustive.
Pauline has over 17 years experience supervising clinicians using CBT and other therapies. She has developed expertise in applying therapies, to meet the needs of her clients who have a wide range of abilities. She also has expertise in working with older people and has extensive knowledge of, and experience in dementia care.
Pauline has taught on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology course at Edinburgh University and has provided clinical and research supervision to their Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
CONFIDENTIAL, EASILY ACCESSIBLE AND FLEXIBLE SERVICE
MAPT offers a confidential service and strives to make it as accessible as possible to people from all walks of life, all over Northern Ireland. It offers the option of self-referral as well as accepting referrals from the usual sources e.g. GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, other health care professionals, Occupational Health providers, Health Insurance providers, Solicitors, employers, etc.
MAPT has clinics at the North West Independent Hospital, Ballykelly and at Galgorm on the outskirts of Ballymena. In some cases it may be possible to see clients in their homes or in other locations throughout Northern Ireland but this depends on the reason for attending and the availability of premises.
MAPT recognises that it is not always possible to attend for assessment or therapy during normal office hours so evening and weekend appointments can be available. However, these are in demand.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT AND THERAPY
MAPT offers psychological assessment and a range of evidence based therapies to people with problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, sexual and other forms of abuse, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, stress, bereavement, sleep problems, adjusting to physical illness, chronic pain etc.
MEMORY ASSESSMENT AND AVICE ON COPING
Memory assessments are offered to anyone who is very worried about their memory or other cognitive difficulties they may be experiencing. Such people may have had a head injury, stroke or other neurological condition and may be struggling with day to day activities or with holding down their job. They may have a family history of memory problems and worry that they too have them e.g. where there is a family history of dementia (Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia etc.).
Following assessment advice on coping with identified difficulties will be given whenever possible.
MEDICO-LEGAL ASSESSMENTS AND REPORTS
This includes preparing medico-legal reports for personal injury, clinical negligence, employment tribunal, mental capacity cases etc.
Court-directed treatment using a variety of psychological therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for a range of emotional disorders is also offered.
It is not necessary for the client to attend either MAPT's Ballykelly or Ballymena clinics for medico-legal assessment. If required home visits can be carried out anywhere within Northern Ireland or at the referring Solicitor's offices if available. Weekend and evening appointments are also possible.
A short turnaround time for producing reports is assured. We aim to produce reports within 10-20 working days from completion of assessment for the majority of cases This is obviously dependant upon the complexity of the case.
FURTHER INFORMATION/ ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT/ DISCUSS A CASE
If you would like further information or wish to arrange an appointment or discuss a case please contact Dr Pauline Thomson at MAPT.