Dr Simone Raenker
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist working with families, adolescents and adults. I hold a PhD in Psychological Medicine from King's College London and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.
After having worked in a range of NHS settings (perinatal psychology at UCLH, autism service at GOSH, adolescent inpatient care Sevenoaks, eating disorder outpatient care at The Maudsley), I am now working as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Looked After Children in therapeutic residential settings and in private practice where I see clients suffering from anxiety and depression, who are feeling sad or having low self-esteem, and with clients who have suffered trauma. The treatment I am offering is evidence-based and I engage in regular clinical supervision.
The ethos of my private practice relates to the symbolism of the willow tree, which traditionally stands for healing, hope, safety, growth and stability. Its flexibility means that even a heavy storm is unlikely to break it because of its immense ability to bend. The willow tree therefore is a beautiful reminder for adjustment and adaptability in life, despite and alongside stormy periods and adverse experiences.
My work is influenced by attachment-based and trauma-informed clinical approaches to therapy. I am interested in therapies that enable emotional processing and recovery from painful and traumatic life experiences. I aim to support my clients to not only survive but also thrive under difficult conditions. Whilst therapy can be both short- or long-term, my overall goal is always to provide a safe place to explore emotions and increase awareness, to foster resilience, and to allow for growth and change.
Psychological support is offered to a variety of problems such as anxiety disorders (health anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and generalised anxiety "constant worrying"), mood disorders (depression, stress, trauma, bipolar disorder, low self-esteem), eating disorders, addiction, self-harm and suicidal behaviour. Moreover, clients receive treatment for relationship problems, chronic health problems, pain, life transitions, bereavement and loss through other sources.
I offer a free initial consultation (30min).
My standard fee is £100 / 50 min. Fees for long-term treatment can be reduced.
For a limited number of places, concession fee for students and key workers of £65 is offered. I also offer one pro bono place at any current time (12 sessions).
I am registered and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HPCP); registration ID PYL34497.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a MSc in Psychology (distinction) from The Free University, Berlin, Germany and a PhD in psychological medicine from The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.
I have completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
Since working as a clinical psychologist, I have completed psychological training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT). I have recently completed a course in youth mindfulness in order to be able to teach mindfulness to young people.
I have extensive experience working with sufferes from eating disorders and their families / partner as this has been the focus of my clinical research at King's College London.
Apart from my privater practice in which I see young people, families, adolescents and adults, I am working in mental health services. This includes roles such as a
- Consultant clinical psychologist in residential therapeutic care for looked after children in Kent and London and
- Clinical Psychologist in Godden Green Cygnet Health Adolescent Inpatient Unit, Sevenoaks.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £65.00 to £150.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
There is a free 30 minute consultation for new clients.
Clinical psychology sessions are charged with £100/50 min.
EMDR is charged with £150/90min.
I offer a limited number of therapy places where concession fee of £65 / 50min for individuals on a low income applies.
I reserve pro bono places for 12 sessions to make therapy available to anyone in need. Please contact me for further information.
Weekly and fortnightly appointments available on:
Monday and Wednesday 9am - 6.30pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
I am currently recruiting therapists to join my practice in East Sussex - I am particularly interested in collaborating with child psychotherapists, play therapists, art and movement therapist, and clinical / counselling psychologists.
Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing this with me.