Dr Clare Young (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

Dr Clare Young (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

Dorchester Aesthetics Centre
Durngate Street

07958 150918

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Dorchester Aesthetics Centre
Durngate Street

07958 150918

About me

A bit about me:

I am an experienced and friendly therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. I have a particular interest in working with people who have relationship difficulties (with parents, siblings, partners, peers or children), who experience anxiety, anger or depression within their relationships, and people who may have experienced difficult, harmful or unfulfilling relationships, and perhaps continue to do so.

So that I can offer a broad choice of treatments, I have completed additional training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) which means I can offer help for symptoms of trauma, and relational distress. I also regularly apply Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Systemic models in my clinical work. I am able to draw on a range of different therapeutic models and treatments to best suit your individual needs. I work in a non-judgemental way and I firmly believe that emotional distress is often the mind's way of coping with the many stressors, fears and difficulties that happens in life. As a psychologist, I work empathically but with clear direction and with an active approach to therapy. Therapy takes work and commitment, and this can feel difficult and scary at times, I understand that. We will work at a pace that feels both comfortable and productive.

The clinic and what I can offer:

I work from a comfortable home-based clinic room in the market town of Dorchester and because I believe strongly that it is important for you to find the right therapist and service, you are invited to come along to meet with me for a free 30 minute consultation before you make any decisions about working with me. Treatment will always be tailored to you and your specific needs, hopes and goals. If I'm not the right person to work with you (I won't be offended!), then I am happy to offer advice about other therapies and services that may be a better fit for you. It is a brave step to seek therapy, and so it is important to take the time and find the right therapist. It can be very confusing- particularly as there are so many different terms e.g. counsellor, life coach, X type-of therapist and if I can help by supporting you make the right choice, then I'm very happy to do that.

As a clinical psychologist, I have completed extensive and rigorous training that has qualified me to complete comprehensive clinical assessments of a range of mental health difficulties. A psychologist does not prescribe medication but gives careful consideration to suitable models of talking therapy depending on your individual needs and preferences. I abide to clear codes of conduct and only offer therapies that have a strong evidence base e.g. that have been through clinical trials/research studies and selected as effective treatments. This is important because you can be assured that the therapies I can offer you are proven to be effective and are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

I hold a specialist role in completing assessments for neurodevelopmental conditions e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder. For further details about my relevant experience and the psychological services I am able to offer, please go along to the website for Doorway Psychological Services.

A bit more about me:

As well as being a psychologist, I am a Mum to three young children, I love music and am lead singer in a group of like-minded fun music loving people. I am very much a 'glass half full' sort of person, and in an otherwise busy and demanding world, I find calm in the sound of the waves on the beach, the smell of freshly made coffee and turning the music up loud!

Training, qualifications & experience

I have gained several clinical and academic qualifications and completed the following training in evidence based therapies and assessments:

  • 2017 - Cognitive Analytic Therapy - ACAT (completion 2019)
  • 2016 - Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) University of Bristol
  • 2016 - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - EMDR UK (Parts 1-3)
  • 2014 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Full Accreditation) IPT UK
  • 2013 - Attachment and Psychopathology - Tavistock and Portman Clinic, London
  • 2012 - MacArthur Story Stem Index (reliability achieved) Anna Freud Centre, London
  • 2008 - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • 2004 - MSc Forensic Psychology from the University of Kent
  • 2001 - BSc Applied Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked extensively with foster carers and adopters who are seeking additional support in caring for their child/child in their care, and I have worked with adopters experiencing post-adoption depression. I am also able to offer psychological therapy, support and advice to parents whose child is exhibiting destructive, harmful and distressed behaviours, both to help understand the reasons for these behaviours and suggest strategies to manage these.

I am able to complete neuropsychological assessments with children, young people and adults where there may be a query around cognitive impairments, learning needs or memory and processing difficulties.

I have experience in completing neurodevelopmental assessments (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and would be happy to discuss this further if this is something you would wish to explore.

Photos & videos

  • Doorway Psychological: Clinic Room


1.5hr Psychology Assessment, Formulation and written report/care plan - £220

1hr Therapy session - £90

I am also able to complete additional assessments, training, consultation and supervision- please see the Doorway Psychological Services website for further details and fees.

If you do contact me via email, I always endeavour to respond within 24hrs. If you have not heard from me within 48hrs, please either call the clinic, or check your junk email box.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1 1JP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults