Reigate Psychology Service | Dr Rachel Sweetingham
About Dr Rachel Sweetingham. BA. (Hons) D. ClinPsy. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist
Dr Rachel Sweetingham
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Dr Rachel Sweetingham

BA. (Hons) D. ClinPsy.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Chartered Psychologist


Dr Rachel Sweetingham completed her Psychology degree in 1999 at Reading University. On completion of her Psychology Degree, she worked as an Assistant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist in a forensic unit in Oxfordshire for two years. She then began a three year doctorate course in Clinical Psychology at Surrey University. This training taught her how to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties from infancy to older age. She received extensive CBT training during this doctorate along with neuropsychological skills, psychodynamic skills and systemic therapy. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist, graduating from this 3 year doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004.


Dr Rachel Sweetingham has worked as a qualified Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in a range of services. Her first qualified post was in Dartford, Kent where she worked with children and their parents with psychological problems in Surestart, an Under fives Service. She also worked in Dartford and Gravesend in a CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) with young people and their families with a wide spectrum of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety problems (OCD, PTSD, GAD, panic disorder, specific phobias), eating disorders, behavioural problems, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).

Current Practice

Dr Rachel Sweetingham currently leads a Child Psychology service within the NHS which entails therapy with children, adolescents and their families as well as research, consultancy, supervision and training. Dr Rachel Sweetingham has extensive clinical experience working with clients with a number of different mental health problems including depression, anxiety problems (OCD, PTSD, GAD, panic disorder, specific phobias), eating disorders, behavioural problems, ADHD and ASD. Dr Rachel Sweetingham is currently Consultant Clinical Psychologist for CYPS (Children and Young People’s Services) for Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust.

Therapeutic Practice

Dr Rachel Sweetingham has extensive training in evidence-based models, most predominantly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She also uses systemic therapy when working with families and has completed a two year diploma in systemic family therapy. Dr Rachel Sweetingham has also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) which helps people who have experienced psychological trauma. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults. Please see useful links on the website for more information on EMDR (

Additional Specialist Provision

Dr Rachel Sweetingham presents at workshops and conferences. She supervises and consults to other professionals. She has been a regular teacher on the University of Surrey Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course. Dr Rachel Sweetingham also has developed and runs CBT training courses to help skill up professionals from a range of disciplines in CBT skills for working with children and adolescents. She has run CBT courses across Surrey and Outer London.

Dr Rachel Sweetingham is chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Professions Council. She is also a professional member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and a professional member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and EMDR Europe.

Recent Publications

  • Murray, J; Fell-Rayner, H; Fine, H; Karia, N & Sweetingham, R (2004) “What do NHS staff think and know about clinical governance?”, Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 9, 3,172 – 180.
  • Girling, E. & Sweetingham, R. (2006) Starting out in SureStart: Reflections on a first year, Clinical Psychology Forum, 160, 5-8.
  • Sweetingham, R. & Waller, G (2008) Childhood Experiences of being bullied and teased in the eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 16,5, 401-407.
  • Danvers, K., Sweetingham, R. & Johnson, B. (2011) Introductory Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for staff within Surrey’s Children and Young People’s Service: Benefits and Challenges. Abstract paper for 2011 Annual BABCP Conference.

“We really enjoyed working with Rachel, she’s professional and knowledgeable but also makes the sessions fun and engaging for all the family.”

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