Dr Anna Byrne-Smith
Key info about Anna
Qualifications: Human Sciences BA, Experimental Psychology MSc, Children's Psychological Wellbeing PGCert, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice
Therapy used: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Systemic Therapy
Ages worked with: All ages
Clinics at: Online
Health insurance coverage: Aviva, AXA, BUPA, Cigna, Vitality, WPA and other providers
Accreditation: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Hi! I’m Anna and I’m a Clinical Psychologist.
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I decided to become a Clinical Psychologist after going through some difficult health experiences as a teenager and realising how useful it can be to have someone to talk to. This led me to spend time working with children in school and community settings which I really enjoyed. I then went on to study my clinical psychology doctorate, gaining experiences with children and adults with a variety of needs. Since finishing I have continued working in the NHS with young people in school settings, offering help for common difficulties such as anxiety and low mood.
What would it be like to meet me?
I like to create a friendly, non-judgemental atmosphere and to spend time getting to know the people that I work with. Our first meeting would be an opportunity to find out more about what has been going on in your life, the difficulties you might be having and which personal strengths and resources are helping. I believe that collaboration is important and will continue to work with you to decide which course of action is best for you.
What type of therapies do I use and what types of problems do I work with?
I have experience of using a number of types of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Systemic Therapy. The type of therapy I use depends on what would work best for the individual. I have worked with people with a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety and worry, low mood, anger, difficult relationships and adjusting to difficult situations such as health diagnoses. I’m used to working with people from all walks of life and of all ages and have experience of working with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental conditions like autism and ADHD.
What do I enjoy outside of psychology?
In my spare time I am a singer with the London Symphony Chorus. I like to travel and find new places to explore in and outside the UK. I also love watching films, reading and spending time with my pet tortoise Herbie.