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Professor Charles Young


Head of Department

Associate Professor & Counselling Psychologist

BA (Natal), BA(Hons) cum laude (RAU), MA (Counselling Psychology) cum laude (Natal), DCounsPsych (Essex), DipCounsPsych (BPS), CPsychol

Registered Counselling Psychologist, Health Professions Council of South Africa (PS 0071889)

Charted Psychologist, British Psychological Society, and full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology

E-Mail: c.young@ru.ac.za
Telephone: +27 (0)46 603-8541


I trained as a counselling psychologist at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg (1999-2000) and then worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, United Kingdom. There I was involved in the development of the low-intensity, brief cognitive therapies for common mental disorders, which was an early part of the pioneering developments in the National Health Service (NHS) to increase access to psychological therapies. I registered as a chartered psychologist with a diploma in counselling psychology from the British Psychological Society (2005), followed by a doctorate in counselling psychology from the University of Essex (2006).

I returned to South Africa at the beginning of 2007 to Head the Rhodes University Counselling Centre and then joined the Department of Psychology at the end of 2008. I was for some years the programme coordinator of the professional training programmes in clinical and counselling psychology. More recently, in keeping with my registration category, I have focussed on the counselling psychology programme. I am currently the head of the department and a member of the Professional Board for Psychology of the HPCSA (where I chair the Examinations Committee).

My practice interests include psycholegal assessment of emotional trauma and expert testimony, and cognitive therapy for panic, worry, rumination and obsessions.

Current Teaching Areas

  • Cognitive Therapy (Masters)
  • Counselling Psychology Professional Practice (Masters)
  • Posttraumatic Stress (Masters)
  • Personality Psychology (First Year)

Research Interests

  • Student mental health and wellbeing
  • Alcohol use and alcohol-exposed pregnancies
  • Trauma and posttraumatic stress
  • Counselling psychology professional practice


  • Young, C., & Saville Young, L. (2019). Comparing clinical and counselling psychologists’ practitioner demographics, key activities, theoretical orientations, values and career satisfaction: A contribution to the scopes of practice debate. South African Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. 
  • Maphisa, J. M., & Young, C. (2018). Risk of alcohol use disorder among South African students: The role of drinking motives. Addictive Behaviors, 82, 44-49.
  • Goodyear, R. K., Lichtenberg, J. W., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R., Christiani, K., … Young, C. (2018). A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. In R.K. Goodyear & J.W. Lichtenberg (Eds.), A global portrait of counselling psychology. (pp. 1-22) New York: Routledge.
  • Bantjes, J., Kagee, A., & Young, C. (2018). Counselling psychology in South Africa. In R.K. Goodyear & J.W. Lichtenberg (Eds.), A global portrait of counselling psychology. (pp. 55-67) New York: Routledge.
  • Young, C. (2017). An introduction to coping with panic (2nd Ed.). London: Constable & Robinson.
  • Hogan, B., & Young, C. (2017). An introduction to coping with health anxiety (2nd Ed.). London: Constable & Robinson.
  • Campbell, M., & Young, C. (2016). A Xhosa language translation of the CORE-OM using South African university student samples. Transcultural Psychiatry, 53(3), 654-673.
  • Goodyear, R. K., Lichtenberg, J. W., Hutman, H., Overland, E., Bedi, R., Christiani, K., … Young, C. (2016). A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 115-138.
  • Bantjes, J., Kagee, A., & Young, C. (2016). Counselling psychology in South Africa. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(2), 171-183. 
  • Young, C., Bantjes, J., Kagee, A. (2016). Professional boundaries and the identity of counselling psychology in SA. [Invited Editorial] South African Journal of Psychology, 41(1), 3-8.
  • Young, C. (2014). Some old problems with the new guidance on counselling people of African ancestry. [Review of the book Counseling people of African ancestry, by Mpofu, E (Ed.)] Psychology in Society, 46, 82-84.
  • Young, C., & Strelitz, L. (2014). Exploring patterns of Facebook usage, social capital, loneliness and wellbeing amongst a diverse South African student sample. Communicare: Journal for Communication Sciences in South Africa, 33(1), 57-72.
  • Young, C., & Campbell, M. (2014). Student wellbeing at a university in post-apartheid South Africa: A comparison with a British University sample. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 42(4), 359-571. (Special Issue: Counselling and Guidance in Africa)
  • Young, C. (2013). South African counselling psychology at the crossroads: Lessons to be learned from around the world. South African Journal of Psychology, 43(4), 422-433.
  • Clüver, F., Elkonin, D., & Young, C. (2013). Experiences of sexual relationships of young black women in an atmosphere of coercion. SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 10(1), 8-16.
  • Young, C., & Edwards, D. (2013). Assessment and monitoring of symptoms in the treatment of psychological problems. In S. Laher & K. Cockcroft (Eds.), Psychological Assessment in South Africa: Research and Applications (pp. 320-335). Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
  • Edwards, D., & Young, C. (2013). Assessment in routine clinical and counselling settings. In S. Laher & K. Cockcroft (Eds.), Psychological Assessment in South Africa: Research and Applications (pp. 307-319). Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
  • Young, C., & de Klerk, V. (2012). Correlates of heavy alcohol consumption at Rhodes University. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 24(1), 37-44.
  • de Klerk, V., & Young, C. (2012). Changing the message from 'Don't' to 'Do': Awareness-raising strategies for responsible alcohol use at a South African university. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 2(2), 224-232.
  • Edwards, D., Rossouw, J., Drake, B., & Young, C. (2012). CBT in South Africa. In F. Naeem & D. Kingdon, Cognitive behaviour therapy in non Western cultures (pp. 137-148). Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Campbell, M., & Young, C. (2011). Introducing the CORE-OM within a South African context: Validation of the CORE-OM using a South African student population sample. South African Journal of Psychology, 41(4), 488-502.
  • Young, C. (2011). Understanding HIV-related posttraumatic stress disorder in South Africa: A review and conceptual framework. African Journal of AIDS Research, 10(2), 139-148.
  • Young, C., & Mayson, T. (2010). The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Scale (AUDIT) normative scores for a multiracial sample of Rhodes University residence students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22(1), 15-23.
  • Young, C. (2009). The transportability and utility of cognitive therapy in South African contexts: A review. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19(3), 407-414.
  • Young, C. (2009). The CORE-OM intake norms of students attending a South African university counselling service: A comparison with UK counselling service data. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 37(4), 473-483.
  • Young, C., & de Klerk, V. (2008). Patterns of alcohol usage on a South African university campus: The findings of two annual drinking surveys. African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies, 7(2), 101-112.
  • Young, C. (2007). The psychological effects and experiences of waiting for cognitive therapy, Research, Involvement and Changing Practice (pp. 9-10): Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
  • Young, C. (2007). An introduction to coping with panic. London: Constable & Robinson.
  • Hogan, B., & Young, C. (2007). An introduction to coping with health anxiety. London: Constable & Robinson.
  • Young, C. (2006). What happens when people wait for therapy? Assessing the clinical significance of the changes observed over the waiting period for clients referred to a primary care psychology service. Primary Care Mental Health, 4(2), 113-9.
  • Young, C. (2006). The personal experiences and views of waiting for cognitive therapy in the NHS: A qualitative account. Counselling Psychology Review, 21(2), 19-26.
  • Young, C., Brosan, L., Shelfer, L., & Beazley, P. (2006). Guided self-help versus waiting-list controls: A reply to Mead et al. (2005). (Correspondence). Psychological Medicine, 36(5), 725-728.

Completed Postgraduate Supervision


  • Graham Kingma. (2015). Minding your own game: Self-regulation and psychological momentum among golfers. (With Dr Carla Meijen, University of Kent, as co-supervisor).
  • Melissa Boulind. (2014). “I felt that I deserved it”. An investigation into HIV-related PTSD, traumatic life events, and the personal experiences of living with HIV: A mixed-method study.
  • Megan Campbell. (2013). The adaptation of the ‘Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation- Outcome Measure’ (CORE-OM) from English into a valid Xhosa measure of distress.


  • Nhlori Ngobeni. (2019). A local portrait of South African counselling psychologists' endorsement of the values and scope of practice of their profession in relation to their career satisfaction. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Claire Marais. (2018). Judging psycholegal reporting in civil court proceedings in the Eastern Cape. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Nicole Brink. (2018). An interpretative phenomenological analysis of HIV-positive individuals’ experiences being in a support group. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Charlotte Wylde. (2018). The experiences of recently diagnosed HIV-positive individuals, as shared on an online forum. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Tessa Deane. (2017). A survey of the professional identity of clinical psychologists in South Africa. Masters in Clinical Psychology (I was the co-supervisor).
  • Sipho Dlaminin. (2017).The role of psychosocial factors in academic performance of first year psychology students at a historically white university. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Tamara Mayson. (2016). The relationship between the alcohol use patterns and cognitive and symptomatic functioning of Rhodes University students. Masters by Thesis. (With Professor Ann Edwards as co-supervisor).
  • J. Maphisa Maphisa. (2015). University students’ drinking motives: Relationships with alcohol use and alcohol related consequences. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Naaheeda Ally. (2015). Exploring problematic experiences: An IPA study of 'internet addiction'. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Khuselwa Jurie. (2015). Experiences of women recently diagnosed with HIV. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Jessica Oosthuizen. (2015). Understanding how students' relationships with their cellphones inform their experience of social participation online and offline. Masters by Thesis.
  • Thobeka Msengana. (2014). The lived experiences of HIV positive young women living in poverty. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Tasara Mazorodze. (2012). HIV/AIDS stigma among service staff in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Masters by Thesis.
  • Ronald Davies. (2011). A case study illustration of sudden gains in depression treated with CBT. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Frances Clüver. (2010). Negotiating sexuality in Grahamstown East: Young black women’s experiences of relationships in the context of HIV risk. Masters by Thesis.
  • Graham Kingma. (2010). The integration of self through self awareness: an individual case study within a Schema Mode Therapy framework. Masters in Counselling Psychology.
  • Clayton Arendse. (2010). A case study of a one session treatment for spider phobia. Masters in Clinical Psychology.
  • Carmela Bonito-Attwood. (2010). The effectiveness of Schema Focused Therapy on a person with Borderline Personality Disorder: a case study and literature review. Masters in Clinical Psychology.


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