M Downs and Associates


We were set up in 2012 by Dr Maria Downs, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience. 

Since then M Downs and Associates have gained a reputation for professionalism, efficiency and accuracy while producing reports in the following areas;


  • Public Law assessments of children and adults

  • Private Law assessments of children and adults

  • Risk Assessment of parents pertaining to abuse and neglect

  • Impact of Mental Health problems on parenting

  • Domestic Violence

  • Cognitive functioning

  • Assessment of attachment

  • Assessment of family dynamics

  • Ability to care/parent

  • Ability to protect, Ability to change

  • Ability to work with professionals

  • Family Dynamics, Attachment

  • Ability to prioritise child’s needs

In addition to medico-legal reports, we also provide a range of therapy options.  Click here for more information. 

Company Values

M Downs and Associates is built on the following values, and they remain at the core of our operations. 


Putting people first 

Committed to quality


Being accessible

Achieving accuracy


Pursuing learning and growth

Respecting diversity


"Dr Maria Downs was appointed, and she has been of extreme use to the parties. She prepared an extremely helpful comprehensive report, which has guided the case, and I am told that in the course of the professionals meeting yesterday she was of immense assistance in enabling the parties to draft what is now an agreed care plan" 


Working with us


Our team is growing, as well as the locations that we cover. If you want to be part of it, find out more about the opportunities available.

Dr Maria Downs, CPsycol., BSc.(Hons), AFBPsS

Dr Maria Downs gained her BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 1996 and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2002. She has gained over 20 years’ experience of providing psychological assessments and working therapeutically with individuals and groups with a range of psychological difficulties and diagnoses. 

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Her area's of work include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorders and psychosis.


Dr Downs' has worked within primary, secondary and tertiary services of the National Health Service, as well as within the not for profit sector with survivors of torture and organised violence, and for the MOD with military personnel.

In her role as a Specialist Psychosocial Support Advisor, for the British Red Cross she works directly with individuals affected by disasters overseas, as well as with their relatives and British Embassy staff.

In addition to providing therapeutic input, and medico-legal reports Dr Downs provides consultation, supervision and training within the independent, charitable and public sector, in relation to adults and children.

Dr Downs' professional memberships include:

Chartered member of the Division of Clinical Psychology within the British Psychological Society. Registration number: 079218

Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council Registration number: PYL04817

Member of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Member of EMDR UK and Ireland