Anna is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with thirty years of extensive experience working with children, families, foster carers and adoptive parents. She worked in a residential children’s home and family centre before qualifying as a social worker. This brought her into close contact with the reality that trauma has on children and their families, and how prolifically it is transmitted from one generation to another. She undertook Court directed assessments of children, families and sibling groups, as well as work to reunite children with their parents or to support their transition to adoption.

Following her psychotherapy training Anna has worked in specialist CAMHS teams, providing treatment for children and young people manifesting the most complex social and mental health issues: self-harming, depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders. She works in our Chichester clinic where she also specialises in supporting complexly traumatised families, alongside her CAMHS role.

Anna has a deep interest in developmental trauma, not only how it impacts on children and their life chances, but also the people who care for them. She is passionate about parent-child work. She is especially interested in parental mental health and working therapeutically with parents who carry unresolved childhood trauma into adulthood and the parenting of their children. She works also with substitute carers who may be subjected to secondary trauma as a consequence of caring for children with disordered attachments, and whose distress emerges in challenging behaviour.

Anna is also interested in group work and devising and providing attachment based trainings to different audiences using the PACE model.

  • MA in Couples Psychotherapy.
    Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, (Sept 2013 – Dec 2017.)
  • MA in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
    Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, (Sept 2009 – Sept 2013.)
  • MA in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies.
    Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, (Sep 2006 – July (2009.)
  • Post Qualifying Award in Child Care.
    Portsmouth University, (2004.)
  • Social Work Diploma
    DipSW -Southampton Solent University, (1999.)
  • In Service Training in Social Care NVQ 3
    Eastleigh College, (1993.)
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • Safeguarding Children
    Sussex Partnership NHS Trust
  • Child Attachment Interview Training.
    Anna Freud Centre, (2008.)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Levels 1, 2 & 3.
    Family Futures, London, (2003-2005.)
  • ASI – Attachment Style Interview for Adoption/Foster Carers.
    London Uni. (2005.)
  • Attachment: Therapeutic Applications Across the Lifespan.
    Faculté de Médecine, University de Paris Descart, (2005.)
  • Adult Attachment & Psychopathology.
    Dr P Crittenden – Reading University, (2004.)
  • Children in Transition: Framework for Assessment & Communication with Children.
    Tavistock Clinic, (2001 – 2002.)
  • Foundation Course on Preparation for Adoption.
    Portsmouth City Council, (2002.)
  • Foundation in Group Analysis – 1 year.
    Institute of Group Analysis, (1995)
  • Foundation – Systemic Family Therapy–1 year.
    Hampshire Association of Family Therapy (1994)
  • RSA Counselling Skills
    Southampton Technical College, (1990.)