Dr Anne Schmidt, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Practitioner
I am a highly experienced clinical psychologist, and have been working for the NHS since 2004, and I have a small private practice. Under current Covid19 restrictions I am following Government guidelines and offering only online or telephone consultations.
I offer therapy to adults, for a wide range of difficulties, including PTSD and complex trauma, anxiety and mood disorders including depression and OCD, and personality disorders.
I work mainly using a Schema Therapy approach. For more information, visit: https://schematherapysociety.org/Schema-Therapy. When you are in therapy as a client of mine, I will aim to help you develop an understanding of your emotional needs, and of how your current coping styles, patterns of thinking and relating to others might be contributing to your difficulties, and work together with you on changing and healing these. I will try to understand you within your social context and family, and to explore the childhood and adolescent origins of your difficulties, if that is helpful for you.
I am trained in other therapies including EMDR and CBT.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (Statistics) – University of Cape Town, 1986
- BA (Experimental Psychology) – University of Oxford, 2000
- DClinPsy (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) – University College London, 2007
- PGDip in Applied Systemic Theory (family therapy) – Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 2014
I have completed training in
- Schema Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Systemic family therapy (to practitioner level)
- Introduction to DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
- Mentalisation Based Therapy
- Clinical supervision
I have worked for the NHS since 2004. My work has been with adults facing a range of difficulties including PTSD and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, difficulties with anger and emotional regulation, deliberate self-harm, personality disorder, psychosis, and substance and alcohol misuse and other addictive behaviours. I have also worked with adults with learning disabilities, and with those who have suffered a brain injury.
Prior to my work in the NHS, I worked as a Research Assistant in the University of Oxford Departments of Experimental Psychology, and Psychiatry, and have publications on topics encompassing sleep, insomnia and chronic pain.
Before qualifying as a psychologist, I worked as an actuary in the financial services industry for 10 years, in South Africa and England, so I also have lived experience of the stresses of working life many people face in settings outside the NHS. During my time as an actuary, I realised that my real interest and passion was in understanding and helping people, hence my decision to become a psychologist.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees for therapy
A one hour therapy or initial assessment session costs £85.
Payment for all sessions, including the first one, must be made at the time of booking. Please note payment for the first session is non-refundable.
Electronic funds transfer is preferred.
Cancellations and missed sessions
I charge the full fee for all sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice or missed without any notice.
I have several publications:
· Schmidt, A., Corcoran, K., Grahame, R., and Williams, A. C de C. (2014) How do people with chronically painful joint hypermobility syndrome make decisions about activity? British Journal of Pain doi:10.1177/2049463714554112.
· Shakir, R., Edwards, A., Schmidt, A., and Attavar, R. (2008) A retrospective case note review of dementia in learning disability. Poster presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ annual conference, October 2008.
· Tang, N.K.Y., Schmidt, D.A., and Harvey, A.G. (2007). Sleeping with the enemy: Clock monitoring in the maintenance of insomnia. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry, 38(1), 40-55.
· Stein, A., Woolley, H., Senior, R., Hertzmann, L., Lovel, M., Lee, J., Cooper, S., Wheatcroft, R., Challacombe, F., Patel, P., Nicol-Harper, R., Menzes P., Schmidt, A., Juszczak, E., and Fairburn, C. (2006). Treating Disturbances in the Relationship between Mothers with Bulimic Eating Disorders and their Infants: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Video Feedback. Am J Psychiatry 163 , 899-906.
· Harvey, A.G., Schmidt, D.A., Scarnà, A., Neitzert Semler, C. and Goodwin, G.M. (2005). Sleep-Related Functioning in Euthymic Patients with Bipolar Disorder, Patients with Insomnia, and Subjects without Sleep Problems. Am J Psychiatry 162, 50-57.
· Harvey, A.G., Jones, C., and Schmidt, D.A. (2003) Sleep and posttraumatic stress disorder: a review. Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 377-4-7.