I am Dr. Stephanie Thompson, a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington. I believe that the working relationship between a psychologist and a client is essential, so let me tell you a bit about myself:
What are your professional interests?
I have a faculty, research appointment at UW. There, I am working to develop and test new therapies. Currently, I am taking the lead on developing and assessing a group program for new mothers and their very young infants. In addition, I maintain a private practice in Queen Anne where I see clients week to week.
The University work allows me to research, publish, and present meaningful findings about what we know about psychology and what we need to better understand. The private practice brings me the joy of being part of real-life positive changes from week to week.
Where did you train?
I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University, in Atlanta. I completed my master’s and doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. I received my internship training at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
I am fortunate to have been trained by great psychologists, many of whom developed the clinically effective treatments that I utilize. I have worked with clients across inpatient psychiatric settings, medical settings, and outpatient settings. These experiences have given me a chance to work with a wide range of individuals and families, some of whom were acutely sick. I found that everyone has strengths, has struggle at some point, and has promise, too.
Are you the right psychologist for me?
Maybe! Just as I believe that there needs to be a good fit between a psychologist and her client, I believe strongly that psychologists should practice within their scope. That means that I accept patients I have the expertise and experience to help. If I’m not the best fit for a patient, I refer them to a provider who I believe will be a good fit. To get a sense if my expertise lines up with your concerns, click on my services page.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Some of my favorite past times include: Cheering on my family of awesome athletes, teaching the occasional yoga class, and guessing the tasting notes of a coffee bean. I’ve been known to organize the shopping list by grocery store aisle only to be at the grocery store without it. I routinely fall in love with products that are discontinued.