Dr Heather F Young BSc., MClinPsychol., PhD., PGDipCBT

Dr Heather F Young BSc., MClinPsychol., PhD., PGDipCBT


West Midlands

(Remote Office) 0121 445 4064 / Work mobile: 07514 263 037

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West Midlands

(Remote Office) 0121 445 4064 / Work mobile: 07514 263 037

About me

Clinical Psychologist. BPS Chartered Psychologist. BABCP* Accredited CBT Therapist. HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. 25+ Years Experience. Taunton TA1, Somerset, South West.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of mental health experience, most of which has been within the NHS. I now work as an independent practitioner, working with emotional distress associated with a wide range of difficulties related to anxiety and stress. Anxieties and stress can include specific anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, panic, OCD and PTSD. You may be experiencing anxieties and worries about your health even though no health problems have been diagnosed, or fears, phobias and anxieties about being in social situations, or in specific places. There may be certain objects or animals that trigger off lots of anxieties and fears, or it might feel like anything at all can trigger off an uncontrollable episode of worrying.

*For more information about BABCP, please visit their website.

I see clients on a face to face basis, and am able to offer telephone therapy in certain circumstances.

Clinic Locations and Contact Details:
I currently work in the Taunton area of Somerset, and am able to book a Consulting room in several locations in central Taunton for seeing clients, depending on availability.
A message can be left on my work mobile phone at any time: 07514 263 037.
I maintain a 'remote office' address in the West Midlands, B60.

I have a long standing commitment to the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) approaches, which are identified by the Government’s NICE guidelines as the key intervention for many psychological difficulties. These are time limited approaches. As such, my goals are very much to help you, as my client, to ‘become your own therapist’ by enabling the best therapeutic tools and skills to be put into your hands as soon as possible, to enable you to continue to make further progress on your own.

I normally see clients for short term therapy on a weekly basis for between 8 to 16 sessions, however there is no obligation to continue for a set number of sessions. The goals and the duration of therapy are very much agreed collaboratively at an early stage. The first one or two sessions normally comprise us working together to understand the nature of your difficulties, and your goals for progress. A key aspect of progress with your therapy gives you the opportunity to practice, and experiment with your developing therapeutic tools and skills in-between sessions. These ‘practice tasks’ are carefully and jointly chosen to be at your own pace, and are a great opportunity to gain confidence in your progress whilst you are still being supported.

I enjoy my therapeutic role as being very much a collaborative partner working jointly with my clients in the processes of seeking solutions to problems through examining things from different perspectives, trying new ways of thinking, and working to make desired changes. Over the years my clients have taught me many things, in particular the value of hope and optimism, and that in challenging situations even small changes can make big differences.

Training, qualifications & experience

PG Dip CBT (Postgraduate Diploma in CBT)
PhD (Doctor in Philosophy)
M.Clin. Psychol. (Masters in Clinical Psychology)
BSc Human Psychology

Affiliations / memberships:
BPS – Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol.) Associate Fellow (AFBPsS).
HCPC – Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist.
BABCP - I am a BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist. For more information about BABCP, please visit their website.

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Young, H. F., Bentall, .P., Slade, P. D. & Dewey, M. E. (1986).  Disposition towards hallucination, gender and EPQ scores: a brief report.  Personality and Individual Differences, 7(2), 247-249.

Young, H. F., Bentall, R. P., Slade, P. D. & Dewey, M. E. (1987).  The role of brief instructions and suggestibility in the elicitation of auditory and visual hallucinations in normal and psychiatric subjects.  The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 175(1), 41-48.

Young, H. F. (1992).  Book review of ‘Clinical approaches to sex offenders and their victims’, Hollin, C. R. & Howells, K. (Eds).  Behavioural Psychotherapy, 20(2), 186-187.

Young, H. F. & Bentall, R. P. (1995).  Hypotheses testing in patients with persecutory delusions: Comparison with depressed and normal subjects.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 34, 353-369.

Bentall, R. P. & Young, H. F. (1996).  Sensible hypothesis-testing in deluded, depressed and normal subjects.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 372-375.

Young, H. F. & Bentall, R. P. (1997).  Probabilistic reasoning in deluded, depressed and normal subjects: Effects of task difficulty and meaningful vs non meaningful material.  Psychological Medicine, 27, 455-465.

Young, H. F. & Bentall, R. P. (1997).  Social reasoning in individuals with persecutory delusions: The effects of additional information on attributions for the observed behaviour of others.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 36, 569-573.

Over the years I have worked with many individuals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings who were coping with a wide range of difficulties including the challenges referred to as psychosis and schizophrenia, to the challenges referred to as anxieties and stress.

Prior to my training as a Clinical Psychologist, I worked for some years as a Psychologist in prisons, working with such mental health difficulties as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as therapeutic work aimed to facilitate rehabilitation.

My developing interest in psychological therapy for mental health difficulties resulted in my completing training as a Clinical Psychologist, and shortly after being employed in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist.
I completed a PhD in 1996, undertaking research in the areas of psychosis and depression (re. above publications).

I remained in the NHS, over recent years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, until 2012.  My developing interest in more common adult mental health problems led me to complete a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2012. In my capacity as a BPS Chartered Psychologist, and a BABCP* Accredited CBT Therapist, I currently work as an independent practitioner seeing individuals in a variety of settings.

*For more information about BABCP, please visit their website.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health anxiety
Social anxiety


Fees and Contact Details
My fees will vary depending on such factors as whether contact is face to face or telephone, whether you are a self-funding individual, an agency or an organisation - nature of work required, and flexibility of appointment times required can vary considerably, which all impact on time and costs.

1. For self-funding clients, fees are charged by each individual 1 hour session. Please contact me for details.
2. For referrals from other sources, please ring to discuss your requirements.

Mobile: 07514 263 037.  Please Text or leave a Voice Message to arrange a brief no obligation discussion. I regret I am unable to receive or respond to email contacts.

For individual self-funding clients fees are payable by cash only, at the beginning or end of each session.

Maps & Directions

Taunton, TA1
Worcestershire, B60

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Profile currently being updated due to change of location.

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