Dr Simone Raenker

Dr Simone Raenker 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 in the field of psychology.

Previously, Simone has worked in outpatient and inpatient NHS services for adolescents and adults at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. She is now working as a consultant clinical psychologist in residential therapeutic care for looked after children as well as in private practice where she sees clients local in Sussex, Kent, and London, as well as nation- and world-wide. SImone also supervises PhD students at Canterbury Christ Church University (Department for Applied Psychology.

SImone’s clinical training is extensive. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Simone’s main approach to psychological therapy is attachment-based and trauma informed, which means that she is working in a way that supports clients to emotionally process and recover from painful and traumatic life experiences.

Simone Raenker is a chartered clinical psychologist and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HPCP); registration ID PYL34497.

Additionally she is registered with the following health insurances

AVIVA, AXA, Vitality, WPA

Contact Willow Tree Psychology for a free initial 30minute consultation with Simone – email simone@willowtreepsychology.co.uk

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Qualifications and Therapeutic Training



2003 – 2008

Simone studied psychology in Berlin which is where she grew up. During her studies she was particularly interested in Health and Clinical Psychology. Her thesis’ topic was on theory-based health promotion and its effectiveness to increase self-efficacy and the Masters was completed with a distinction.



2008 – 2011

After her studies Simone started to work at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in the Department of Eating Disorders as a full-time researcher. Under the supervision of Prof Janet Treasure and Prof Ulrike Schmidt, she completed a PhD on the impact eating disorders have on family dynamics and how parents can support the person with the eating disorder most effectively. Additionally, she worked clinically at the Maudsley Hospital in the Eating Disorder Outpatient Unit.



2011 – 2015

Simone Raenker completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. During this time, she worked in IAPT (primary care adult mental health services), at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children – Autism Services, and at University College London Hospital – Perinatal Service.  During her doctorate, Simone trained intensively in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also trained in Compassionate-Focussed, Mindfulness-Based, and Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches.



2019 – 2021

Simone is completing her Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) consultancy training with Alexandra Richman, one of the nations leading EMDR consultant. EMDR is a highly effective psychotherapy that is now used for almost every clinical presentation. Initially developed by Francine Shapiro to treat clients with trauma-related symptoms, EMDR protocols have been developed for anxiety and mood disorders and further mental health presentations (i.e. eating disorders). Please see here for further information: https://emdrassociation.org.uk




Simone trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) with Prof Robert Elliot at the Salomon’s Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury University. The aim of EFT is to enable a client to become aware and to process emotions. Emotions are seen as key factor of someone’s identity. Therapy aims to support clients to become aware of their emotions and understand the processes involved in avoiding feelings. Subsequently, it is intended to enable to client to become more comfortable accepting and managing their feelings and experiences change in well-being and personal growth.




Simone completed a Youth Mindfulness course with Michael Bready. Mindfulness practise has been a significant part of Simone’s personal and clinical life for many years and she is excited to be able to teach mindfulness to young people now. See here for more information: https://youthmindfulness.org