Dr Anna Hutchinson completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology in 2003, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2006, both at the University of London. Prior to training, she was an assistant in an early onset eating disorders research team. Her DClinPsy major research project investigated executive functioning and body image disturbance in adult females who had been low weight as teenagers. It explored both the factors that made them vulnerable to eating disorders in the first place and the longer term implications (biological and psychological) of having been unwell during a key developmental stage.
After qualifying, Anna worked in a number of NHS services including adolescent medicine, and adult sexual and physical health services. She spent five years as a senior psychologist based in a child and adolescent gender service. She has worked with hundreds of young people questioning their gender, including those who go on to identify as transgender and those who have desisted/detransitioned. She has also worked with their families.
Anna takes a compassionate and evidenced based approach in all of her work. She has completed post doctorate training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy and, more recently, third wave therapies. She continues to teach, speak at academic conferences and write in relation to her special interests. Anna is the co-director of a private practice based in central London, and sees patients internationally via secure video link.