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 8 years working in a primary care mental health setting before moving into secondary care services. I worked for 3.5 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 Complex Treatment Service for military veterans (NHS) who live in Yorkshire.


I have a longstanding interest in mindfulness based practices especially yoga. I completed the foundational 1 course by the British Wheel of Yoga in 2012 and then discovered the Iyengar method of yoga and 8 years on I'm still practicing! My yoga practice takes me overseas to Europe,  UK retreats and workshops and in my own yoga room at home. I can be found nurturing my soul in my life long love of gardening, walking in the Yorkshire Dales or roaming around my favourite places in the world: Italy and Cornwall.  


Professional qualifications & formal psychological therapy trainings:


  • Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (babcp)

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

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

  • Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing Studies: 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 

  • Currently training in Internal Family Systems, Level 1 (ifs uk)


Continuous Professional Development includes (CPD):

  • Cognitive Therapy for depression with Christine Padesky

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction  (mbsr)

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy  (mbct)

  • CBT for chronic pain and long term health conditions

  • Compassion focused therapy (5 days) with Mary Welford/Paul Gilbert 

  • 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)

  • Introductory workshop in Internal Family Systems (IFS)

In addition to individual therapy I offer CBT clinical supervision to groups and individuals working with both adults and young people.  As an EMDR Consultant in training I have been offering EMDR supervision to individuals and groups for 2 years. 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 supervision.


For further details of my accrediting bodies visit: 




Approved Therapist
Professional Bodies
About EMDR
Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR):

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, an innovative clinical treatment originated and developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987. It is a psychotherapy that facilitates self-healing from the emotional distress that arises due to disturbing life experiences and traumatic events. These events can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, dreams/nightmares, intrusive thoughts and images, depression, and anxiety. Often traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, but some get frozen on a neurological level. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from the disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, smells, and emotions may create overwhelming distress, feelings of being back in that moment, or being stuck at the time of the event. 

Here is a video from the EMDR Association: https://emdrassociation.org.uk/

EMDR therapy helps the brain process these traumatic memories and allows normal healing to resume using the natural adaptive information processing system inherent in our brains. It leads to the experience being remembered, but without the distressing emotions transforming to a normal memory, one which has a start middle and end and belongs to/in the past.  EMDR works on a neurological level and Andrew Leeds explains the two main hypothesis, that of rapid eye movement (REM) hypothesis and working memory theory hypothesis underpinning how EMDR works:                          https://youtu.be/sWyDWvMEl1E

Further resources/information about EMDR:

•            Taxing working memory:                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrfH43srg8

•            EMDR process explained:                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh1OoOG2WEg

•            The benefits of lateral eye movements:  https://youtu.be/xZVw-9ThmSM


EMDR is a structured approach involving 8 phases:

  • Learning about where your current problems came from and what from your past is still affecting you now. We can do this in several ways including using a timeline if your experiences are evident to you.  This helps you understand the links between your past and present and how you learned to cope with your experiences during the distressing events which you may still be using now. This helps us start treatment planning. Using psychometric measures to understand the level of your symptoms.

  • Recognizing your current resources of emotional management and helping you develop further emotional regulation tools including grounding strategies. Exploring what is required to create the circumstances in which EMDR can flourish. Providing an experiential opportunity for desensitization which helps you understand how EMDR could work.  We also start to develop our relationship for the therapy journey ahead.

  • Identifying the specific memories that are causing you the most distress and galvanize all the essential components: image, negative belief, positive belief, emotions and body location as well as a personalized distress rating (a 0-10 scale is often used).

  • Desensitization, this phase involves working directly in the memory network and the negative material using eye movements and other forms of bi lateral stimulation to reprocess. Unlike other psychotherapies this phase requires accessing a high level of emotionality from the outset. This phase involves the alteration of the traumatic memories from distressing to neutral.

  • We install and embed a positive or preferred belief about yourself and this belief can arise in the processing, so we check if it fits with the image and rate its validity usually using a rating scale of 1-7.

  • Checking the body is clear of the trauma, this identifies any sensations or tensions that something still may be stuck.

  • Sometimes we may have to end a session part way through processing a memory, in sessions where this may occur then we ensure the active material is closed and you leave the session fully present. We would use your emotional regulation tools at the end of this session sometime referred to as an ‘incomplete session’. Here we would ask for you to log any material which comes up in the week to help us monitor progress.

  • We monitor the progress of target memories, resources, and symptoms at each session by rechecking the specific memories we have been working on.


EMDR has a growing body of robust evidence. EMDR is highly recommended by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE) and World Health Organization (WHO) as a powerful psychotherapeutic treatment approach for adults and children living with the traumatic aftermath of adverse life experiences. It is proven effective for those who have experienced:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from natural disasters, sexual assault/abuse, experiences of war, road traffic accidents, medical trauma.

  • Complex PTSD arising from multiple childhood trauma and developmental trauma.

  • Traumatic grief and bereavement

  • Childhood adversity including bullying.

  • Depression arising from life events.

  • Anxiety related difficulties including social anxiety and arising from life experiences.

  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence issues including negative/self-critical beliefs.

  • Sleep disturbance, dreams, and nightmares

  • Phobias

  • Performance anxiety and panic

  • Voice hearing experiences and psychosis

  • Pain


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)

  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


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

Further information about CBT: 

BABCP: https://www.babcp.com/What-is-CBT

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/about-cbt/

Further CBT resources::

Centre for clinical Interventions: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/

NHS self help: https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/



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 offer in person individual evidence based therapy (EMDR & CBT) for adults and young people (from aged 14) and EMDR/CBT/Clinical Supervision online using Zoom as follows:   


  • Monday morning, afternoon and evening

  • Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening


I have a lovely private therapy office within the Regus Business Centre, Tower Court, 3 Oakdale Road, York YO30 4XL. We have a reception waiting area and the office is accessible via public transport or car. Covid security measures are in place. 


CAR PARKING: the car park is free if you enter your car registration in the tablet outside reception and do not drop off and return within two hours. Car parking charges apply without these safeguards. 

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

 I look forward to hearing from you,

 Best Wishes,




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