About Me                  

Hello and thank you for taking the time to look at my website.

I am a qualified mental health nurse (RMHN) with over 20 years of working with people with psychological and emotional difficulties in a variety of settings in the National Health Service (NHS) including inpatient facilities, community based services and forensic mental health. I trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in  2009 and offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) both of which are recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety problems. I continue to work as a psychotherapist in the NHS. I spent 3 years in a Community Mental Health Team offering both CBT and EMDR for clients experiencing complex PTSD and developmental trauma.  I currently work part time in a Mental Health Complex Treatment Service for Veterans.

I have a personal interest in mindfulness based practices I love the outdoors and am a keen gardener! I am an Iyengar yoga practitioner with a regular practice and ongoing development through regular workshops and retreats both in the UK and abroad.


My professional qualifications:

  • Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (babcp)

  • Accredited Adult EMDR Practitioner (emdr uk)  EMDR Consultant in  training 

  • Child & Adolescent EMDR Therapist (emdr uk, Core Level 1)

  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (nmc registered 1998)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Interventions, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Interventions 

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice 


I have undertaken considerable continuous professional development over the last 10 years including:

*Cognitive Therapy for depression with Christine Padesky

*Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction  

*Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy  

*CBT for chronic pain and long term health conditions

*Compassion focused therapy   

*CBT for psychosis

*Acceptance and Commitment therapy

*EMDR for anxiety disorders with Prof. Ad de Jongh

*Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA 101)

*Attachment-focused healing of complex trauma, Advanced EMDR clinical workshop (3 days) with Dr Laurel Parnell

*The Flash Technique - Making intense trauma memories more accessible for EMDR Processing with Dr Philip Mansfield

*Easy Ego State Interventions (3 day workshop) with Robin Shapiro

*Poly vagal informed therapy Master Class online course with Deb Dana and Stephen Porges (PhD)


In addition to individual therapy I offer CBT/EMDR clinical supervision to groups and individuals working with both adults and children.  I place great value in clinical supervision and have supervisors for both therapy modalities that I offer on a regular basis as well as attending continuing professional development days (CPD). I am fully insured to provide individual therapy and CBT supervision. For further details of my accrediting bodies visit: 




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About EMDR
Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR):


EMDR is an acronym for eye movement desensitisation reprocessing and is a powerful psychological treatment method. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase approach that identifies and processes memories of negative and traumatic events that contribute to present problems.

Most of the time your body and mind manage new information and experiences without your awareness. However, when something out of the ordinary happens and you are traumatised by an event such as a car accident or repeatedly being subject to distress (e.g. childhood trauma), your natural coping mechanisms can overload. This can result in disturbing experiences being frozen in your brain remaining 'unprocessed' and stored in a raw and emotional form rather than in a narrative story. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain's memory networks using bi-lateral stimulation, enabling your brain to process the traumatic event in a very natural way that you are in control of. Once past memories are processed they become resolved and people achieve a sense of safety and peace.

For more information: emdrassociation.org.uk/

Sessions are typically 60-90 minutes in duration and can help with the following problems:


  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Traumatic grief/bereavement

  • Childhood trauma

  • Depression resulting from life events

  • Low self esteem

  • Distressing memories

  • Phobias 

  • Anxiety problems linked to a past distressing experiences

About CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):


CBT is an evidence based short term psychological therapy with a significantly robust research base. It is a very structured and practical approach helping people resolve problems by focusing upon changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours which undermine self confidence and can lead to depression and anxiety. Whilst CBT acknowledges our early experiences and how our presenting problems can originate in childhood, it works very much in the 'here and now'. The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours affect how we feel. CBT helps you change and develop new behaviours and skills for life. CBT has developed in the last 30 years and now includes approaches such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and compassion focused therapy (CFT). These can be incorporated into your individualised therapy.

Sessions are weekly (typically) and last 60 minutes in duration and I offer help for the following problems:


  • Depression and low mood

  • Worry and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Panic and stress

  • Low self esteem and self confidence issues

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Social anxiety and performance anxiety

  • Health anxiety

  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)

  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)


What to expect in your CBT session:

CBT is a very practical and structured therapy. At the start of each session we set an agenda. We develop a visual diagram to help us understand what unhelpful thoughts and behaviours may be maintaining your problem; this is sometimes called a 'vicious cycle'. We identify your goals and each session is purposeful helping you work towards them. You will be introduced to specific skills and exercises which facilitate positive changes. At the end of each session we discuss assignments for you to practice in between your sessions. This is a key part of CBT and why it works so well. 

CBT might not be right for you if:

  • attending on a regular basis would be difficult for you

  • you lack time for in-between session assignments 

  • you want to work on or talk about your past  

  • you have a number of problems or you may not be sure what your problem is

  • you consider working on your problems would prove unsafe to yours or someone else's well-being




Contact Information



Next Steps:

If you would like further information or to self refer then I would like to hear from you. Please contact me via email: raeyoung@btinternet.com  or mobile: 07983246114

It's important that the therapies I offer are right for you so I can offer a complementary telephone consultation at your convenience to help you decide. Then we can arrange your first assessment/treatment session.

I have a lovely private therapy office within the Regus Business Centre, Tower Court, 3 Oakdale Road, York YO30 4XL. The office has a reception area,  free onsite parking (2 hours, no drop off and return) and is very accessible via public transport or car. Sessions are in person (Covid safety measures in place). I also offer EMDR/CBT/Supervision online using Zoom. 


 I offer individual evidence based therapy for adults and young people (from aged 14):   


  • Monday morning, afternoon and evening

  • Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening


 Please contact me for costs for CBT, EMDR and CBT Clinical supervision. 

 I look forward to hearing from you,

 Best Wishes,




 '                                                                                           the dragonfly is the symbol of transformation
Change is not something we should fear, rather something that we should welcome   
 BKS Iyengar
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A detailed written privacy policy will be provided upon engaging with her therapy services.

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