Dr Simone Raenker

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Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist (PhD, DClinPsych)
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Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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.

 ·      There is a free 30-minute consultation prior a first meeting. 

·      The session fee for clinical psychology and EMDR therapy is £100 per hour face-to-face / skype / zoom. 

·      If a referrer, individual, or an agency requires an assessment or progress report, the client and psychologist will discuss this beforehand. The time spent in producing a written professional opinion is charged at £100 per hour

​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.

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From £100.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

  • There is a free 30-minute consultation prior a first meeting. 
  • The initial session fee for clinical psychology and EMDR therapy is £100 perhour face-to-face / skype / zoom. 
  • For individuals on a low income (below 20k) and front-line NHS keyworkers, a concession rate of £80 per hour is offered. Therapy is offered weekly for 3 months. Evidence of circumstances is required. There is limited availability. Please do ask me whether I have a concession therapy place left. 
  • I offer one-at-a-time pro bono therapy place to a client / family. This usually involves weekly sessions over a period of three months. Please enquire about this. 
  • If a referrer, individual, or an agency requires an assessment or progress report, the client and psychologist will discuss this beforehand. The time spent in producing a written professional opinion is charged at £100 per hour. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday - Thursday 9am - 3pm

Friday 9 - 1pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

Further information


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.

Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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I offer supervision to trainee clinical psychologist / assistant psychologists as well as  to qualified clinical psychologists.

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Dr Simone Raenker
Dr Simone Raenker