child, adolescent and family clinic
We have a dedicated and experienced team working with children, adolescents, and their families. Support is offered to 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, OCD, addictive behaviours, emerging personality disorders, chronic health conditions, and managing symptoms of ADHD and autism.
The therapies offered depend on the age of the young person and may include clinical psychology, play therapy, and youth work (collaboration with associated therapists and mental health professionals may be recommended). Children below the age of 12 are often supported within their family systems, which means that we offer sessions for the whole family and help parents to have strategies to support their child. We work with parents who are keen to explore their parenting and who want to consider changes to improve family dynamics. Our approach to parenting is attachment-focussed, which means that we place particular emphasis on the connection between family members. We develop strategies together that support healthy relationships without punitive measure of behavioural management.
Other services include working with young families and expectant mums and dads, helping families to navigate safe use of technology use and providing support to fostering and adoptive parents. We have extensive experience working with looked after children, who are in need of receiving trauma-informed therapy.
Trauma-informed and focussed therapeutic work is provided to young people and adults. The definition of trauma within an EMDR treatment process is a term used for painful memories a client is presenting with, which elicit emotional pain, shame, guilt, anxiety, and impact on the overall well-being and mood. The client continues to experience discomfort when being reminded of a past event and struggles to adjust.
As a special interest, I have trained in supporting individuals with the trait of high sensitivity (HS). HS is not a disorder; it is a trait found in about 15 – 20% of the population. Highly sensitive people (HSP)
are easily overwhelmed, which is due to their ability to be highly aware of their external and internal world. HSP may have very sensitive sensory systems, can experiences intense emotions and are highly empathic. See here for more information: and also feel free to read my article on high sensitivity on my website.
I am supporting families with highly sensitive children (HSC) as well as highly sensitive individuals presenting with or without psychopathology. HSC can often be misunderstood as neurodevelopmental symptoms such as ASD and ADHD. Talk to me to find out more about this.
CONSULTANCY & TRAINING
I am providing consultations to schools and other services. This involves training of staff, one-off or continuous assessment of and treatment for individuals in need for therapeutic support within educational settings. Dr Simone Raenker is providing supervision to qualified clinical psychologists.
LOCATION AND APPOINTMENT TIMES
Practice location is in Forest Row, East Sussex
Online therapy via zoom independent of location
Weekly appointments are available:
Mondays and Wednesday 9am – 6pm
Tuesday 9am – 9pm
Thursdays 9am – 12pm
Saturdays – occasional appointments