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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.

I offer a free initial consultation (30min). My standard fee is £100 / 50 min. I offer reduced rates to make therapy available to anyone. Fees for long-term treatment are reduced to £75. Concession fee for students and individuals on a low income of £65. 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

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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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Schema Therapy

Fees

From £65.00 to £150.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

There is a free 30 minute consultation for new clients.

Clinical psychology sessions are charged with £100/50 min. Fees for long-term treatment (12 session plus) are reduced to £75

EMDR is charged with £150/90min

I offer a concession fee of £65 / 50min for individuals on a low income.

I reserve pro bono places for 12 sessions to make therapy available to anyone in need. Please contact me for further information.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekly and fortnightly appointments available on: Wednesday 9am - 6.30pm, Thursday 9am - 12pm  Saturday 8am and 5.30pm

Further information

SERVICE EXPANSION

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
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations

Languages offered

German

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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

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Dr Simone Raenker - Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist (PhD, DClinPsych)

Dr Simone Raenker - Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist (PhD, DClinPsych)