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BSc., MClinPsychol., PhD., PGDipCBT

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 through organisations, 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. 

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

Please note that I do not currently take individual private clients. I only see clients through organisations.

Clinic Locations and Contact Details:
I currently work solely through organisations, which could include the NHS or private facilities, in the Taunton area of Somerset.
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.

When I see clients through organisations, this is normally for short term therapy on a weekly basis for between 8 to 16 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.

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. The majority of my career has comprised work in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist.
I completed a PhD undertaking research in the areas of psychosis and depression (re. above publications).

In my capacity as a BPS Chartered Psychologist, and a BABCP* Accredited CBT Therapist, I have most recently been working within an inpatient hospital, seeing mainly older adult individuals with a range of problems.

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health anxiety


Additional information

Fees and Contact Details

August 2021 onwards: I am on sabbatical therefore not taking on client related work until further notice. 

I regret I am unable to receive or respond to email contacts.

When I work

I am not taking clients on for the foreseeable future.

Taunton, Somerset, TA1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults