Linda Young

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Linda Young BA MSc TQAP MBPAS is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with over 20 years clinical, teaching and supervising experience; her special areas of expertise include working with adolescents and young adults, and working within the field of trauma.  She been part of the Tavistock Trauma Service since 1990 and set up the “Understanding Trauma” course, together with Caroline Garland (now retired) in 1997 - organising and teaching on the course since then. 

With a strong clinical commitment, she is head of Intake and of one of the two main clinical teams in the Adolescent and Young Adult Service and heads the Young People’s Consultation Service, a 4 session, self-referral service.  Her work as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Adolescent and Young Adult Service dates from 1997.

Linda works closely with Jo Stubley, the Head of the Tavistock Trauma Service, and has in recent years run the fortnightly service meetings with her, as well as engaging in regular teaching commitments.

Linda has frequently lectured on the topic of the aftermath of traumatic experiences and on the impact of trauma experienced in adolescence, as well as teaching on the theory and practice of psychoanalytically based work during the adolescent and young adult period of life, and in the aftermath of traumatic events, experienced at any point during life.


LEMMA, A. & YOUNG, L.  (2010) Working with traumatised adolescents: a framework for intervention.  In Lemma, A. & Patrick, M. Off the Couch: contemporary psychoanalytic applications.  London:   Routledge.

LEVY, S. & YOUNG, L. (2004) Difficulties with potency post trauma.  In Levy, S. & Lemma, A.   The Perversion of Loss: Psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma.  London:  Whurr.

SEARLE, L., LYON, L., YOUNG, L., WISEMAN, M. & FOSTER-DAVIS, B (2011).  The Young People’s Consultation Service: an evaluation of a consultation model of very brief psychotherapy. British Journal of Psychotherapy.  27 (1). P. 56-78.

 YOUNG, L.  (2002)  Preliminary interventions: the four session therapeutic consultation.  In Garland, C. (ed)   Understanding Trauma: a Psychoanalytic Approach.  London:  Karnac  Books (2nd ed).

YOUNG, L. & GIBB, E.  (2002)  Trauma and Grievance.  In Garland, C (eds)  Understanding Trauma: a Psychoanalytic Approach.  London:  Karnac Books (2nd ed).

YOUNG, L. & LOWE, F. (2012).  The Young People’s Consultation Services: a model of engagement.  Contemporary Developments in Adult and Young Adult Therapy: The work of the Tavistock and Portman Clinics. Volume 1.  Tavistock Clinic Series.  Karnac: London.

Research activities

Trial clinician on REDIT (randomized evaluation of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy vs CBT)


  • Understanding trauma: principles and practice (D18)

    This course offers a supportive and lively setting in which to gain a deeper understanding of the impact on the mind of traumatic events as...

Linda Young