Welcome to Willow Tree Psychology
Willow Tree Psychology is a therapeutic service working with children, adolescents, and adults; families and couples, who seek treatment for psychological, psychiatric, and relationship problems.
The ethos of this service 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. Thus, we aim to support clients to not only survive but also thrive under difficult conditions. Whilst therapy can be both short- or long-term, the 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.
The treatments offered are evidence-based (i.e. they are researched and found to be effective) and the gold-standard in psychological therapy. The fees for sessions vary depending on the type of therapy and the length of sessions (please see the “link about therapy and services” page for detailed information). We feel strongly about making therapy available to anyone and have concession fees for students and individuals on low income, reduced fees for long-term treatment, and reserve pro bono cases.
Dr Simone Raenker is the Founder and Clinical Director of this service. She is an experienced independent Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Therapist with a PhD in psychological medicine from King’s College London and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has over 15 years of research and clinical experience, currently working as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in therapeutic residential care for looked-after children and in independent practice.
Child, Adolescent, and Family Clinic
Consultancy & Training
We have a dedicated and experienced team working with children, adolescents, and their families. This includes supporting young people, who are suffering from anxiety or depression, emotion regulation difficulties, school refusal, peer and other interpersonal problems, self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, bereavement, coming to terms of divorce, addictive behaviours, emerging personality disorders