Dr Anna Chalmers-Brown
Anna graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She went on to work in a number of roles supporting adults with severe mental health difficulties, including psychosis. Anna undertook her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, where she gained experience of using various psychological models, and had placements in adult, child and adolescent, perinatal, older adult and learning disability settings. She completed her doctorate in 2013.
Since qualifying Anna has worked in the NHS in child and adolescent settings. She works with young people experiencing various difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, as well as with their families. She is experienced in consulting to other professionals. She is able to conduct cognitive assessments and is trained in the assessment of autistic spectrum conditions and ADHD.
Anna has held a post at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service where she worked with children and young people questioning their gender identity. She has a particular interest in supporting parents and carers to reflect on their own beliefs and experiences and working with them to parent effectively in line with their own values. She completed a postgraduate diploma in Parent Training for conduct problems from King’s College London in 2016, which she passed with distinction.
Anna works across the lifespan and has an integrative approach, drawing on a number of models such as narrative and systemic approaches and cognitive behavioural therapy. She likes to work creatively in order to facilitate the therapeutic process. She believes that people are the experts in their own lives and that her role is to support and empower them to find solutions to their difficulties.