Anna completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology at The University of Newcastle and her undergraduate BSS at the ACU Melbourne. She has undertaken advanced training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and attachment informed short term psychotherapy.
Anna is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Clinical College; The Australian Clinical Psychology Association and the International Society for Relational Psychoanalysis.
Anna has over 20 years of clinical experience working across the public and private sector with adults and adolescents in community and hospital settings. During this time she has co-developed and delivered inpatient CBT group programmes for dual diagnoses; a DBT outpatient programme for families and adolescents and other psycho education groups.
Anna encourages her patients to support their physical and mental health at different stages when navigating stressors and life transitions, such as childbirth, parenting, menopause, major illness and relationship changes. Anna uses evidence-based therapies from CBT to short term psychodynamic therapies to treat psychological problems associated with depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, and associated coping strategies of drug and alcohol use and eating disorders.
She has presented at national and international conferences specific to traumatic stress, law and mental health on the relationship between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma exposure and personality traits.
Anna is also a board approved supervisor and embeds reflective practice in teaching clinical skills to post graduate students. She has supervised students at the University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University.
Anna has a keen interest in family of origin, attachment relationships and how this may mediate a pathway to resilience and good mental health. She supports people in understanding of how mental health difficulties can develop and maintain themselves, while assisting them to explore new ways of relating to others and themselves. Anna works collaboratively with referring GPs, psychiatrists and other allied health professionals to optimise her patients care.