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

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


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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. 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.

Please note that I do not currently take individual private clients. I see clients through organisations on a face to face basis.

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 currently work via organisations, seeing individuals with anxiety related problems 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


Fees and Contact Details

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

Maps & Directions

Taunton, TA1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I am not taking clients on for the foreseeable future.

Types of client

Older adults