Rachael Sidley

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner


Rachael is an experienced cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. She has over 11 years of mental health experience in the NHS and as a private practitioner. Rachael is highly skilled at working with a range of mental health conditions such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Rachael obtained her Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy at the University of Manchester. She has attended lectures by the leading experts in mental health such as Professor David M Clark CBE, Professor Paul Salkovskis, Professor David Veale, Dr Kevin JM Meares and Dr Deborah Lee. ​Her EMDR qualification was accredited by EMDR Europe, led by Dr Michael Paterson OBE.

Rachael feels passionately about the relationships she builds with her clients and believes that making them feel relaxed, not judged and having a safe space to talk is of the utmost importance. Rachael supported clients in reaching 100% clinical recovery from 2021-2022, with outstanding feedback.

If you are motivated and determined to develop an understanding of the patterns you are in, Rachael can help you build the coping strategies you will need to reduce your distress and psychological difficulty to meet with your own therapeutic goals.

Rachael joined Priory in 2021 as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, alongside running her own private practice and having spent 10 years within the NHS. Prior to her career as a psychotherapist, she was an international account director and understands the pressure of a corporate career also.

Rachael is a member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and is an active member of the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR private practice community.


Rachael has attended the following courses for her continued learning and development:

  • Rumination-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Prof Ed Watkins)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (Dr D. Lee)
  • Imagery and CBT (BABCP)
  • Complex Trauma (Dr R Stott)
  • Perfectionism. The good, the bad and the ugly (Prof Roz Shafran)
  • CBT for Chronic Loneliness: Theory and Practice (Prof Roz Shafran)
  • Trauma & the body: Dissociation & Somatisation (Carolyn Spring)
  • Dissociation and DID: The fundamentals (Carolyn Spring)
  • STORM Skills Training - Suicide Prevention & Self-Harm Mitigation (NHS)
  • Body Dysmorphia (Professor D Veale)
  • Working with shame (Carolyn Spring)
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment (Carolyn Spring)          When our patients want CBT for anxiety but… (Prof Cory Newman)

NHS Mandatory Training:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Carers Awareness
  • Clinical Risk Assessment
  • Health & Safety
  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights
  • Information Governance
  • Moving & Handling
  • Safeguarding Children Levels 1&3
  • Safeguarding Adults Levels 1&3
  • Prevent WRAP
  • Infection Prevention Awareness
  • Breakaway
  • Basic Life Support
  • Fire Safety


  • BABCP - 998251
  • EMDR Level 3) – EMDR Europe.
  • PG-Cert. in Advanced Practice Interventions in Primary Care Mental Health University of Manchester.
  • PG-Dip. in Cognitive Behaviour Therapies: CBT (IAPT High Intensity Pathway). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Training Centre - University of Manchester.