Dr Anna Colton
Since I first dipped my toe in the clinical psychology world, as an assistant psychologist, I have worked with adolescents, young adults and in eating disorders. Nowadays, after many years of working in the NHS at, amongst others, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Vincent Square and the Tavistock, and private practice I have a bunch of quirky specialisms: stage fright & all things performance, mental health & wellbeing at the Bar and eating disorders. What ties these seemingly disparate areas together is the interplay of the neurology, biology and of course, psychology.
I am trained in a number of different psychological models including CBT for adults and children and young people, systemic therapy and hypnotherapy. I work collaboratively with my clients and other multi-disciplinary professionals, drawing on a large amount of clinical experience and theoretical models to inform and underpin treatment.
In addition to my clinical, 1:1 work, I also provide supervision to other psychologists, run workshops and training to schools, RADA, corporate organisations and the Bar. I work with theatre, film and TV production companies, advising on how to nurture and look after their talent, conducting psychological screening of participants in shows and doing stage fright and other specific treatments on an individual, case by case basis.
As a child and teenager I grew up as a musician and later went to drama school and trained as an actress. I'm extremely lucky and now combine my love of the Arts and experience of performance as a performer and a psychologist in so many ways. Like most, I get nervous but thoroughly enjoy my TV, BBC bitesize and radio work.