Dr Heather F Young



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Specialises in

  • Applied Relaxation
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Behavioural Activation (BA)
  • CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma focused CBT


  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Following my post graduate training in Clinical Psychology and graduation in 1985 with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, I went on to achieve a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) in 1996. My research involved comparing cognitive (reasoning) processes in individuals coping with psychosis and depression. More recently I achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT (2012).

I have over 25 years of mental health experience, working mainly in long term therapy with individuals coping with the challenges of severe and enduring mental health difficulties, alongside additional difficulties such as anxiety and depression. I have worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient environments over the years. The majority of my employment career has been within the NHS as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. Currently I work as an independent practitioner aiming to focus mainly on using short term therapies, within the CBT framework, for anxiety related disorders.

I have a long standing commitment to the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches, which are identified by the Government’s NICE guidelines as the key intervention for many psychological difficulties. These are time limited approaches, and my goals are very much to help you, as my client, to ‘become your own therapist’ by enabling the best therapeutic tools and skills to be put into your hands as soon as possible, to enable you to continue to make further progress on your own.

I enjoy my therapeutic role as being very much a collaborative partner working jointly with my clients in the processes of; seeking solutions to problems through examining things from different perspectives, trying new ways of thinking, and working to make desired changes. Over the years my clients have taught me the value of hope and optimism, and that in challenging situations even small changes can make big differences.

Areas of interest

I am a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); I am happy to see adult clients for short term therapy for emotional distress associated with anxiety related disorders e.g. anxiety disorders; OCD; Agoraphobia and panic attacks; Health anxieties; PTSD.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Pain management
  • Physical disability
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