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Dr Anna Mathieson – Specialist Clinical Pscyhologist

Dr Anna Mathieson – Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Dr Anna Mathieson obtained her BSc Psychology in 2009 from the University of Leeds and has since studied at Masters and Doctorate level qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2015.

Anna has worked with children and adults across the lifespan in the NHS and various public sector organisations, gaining valuable experience in a variety of areas related to physical and emotional health and well-being.

Since achieving her doctorate qualification, Anna has been working within the fields of pain management and major trauma at St George’s Hospital, a renowned teaching hospital and major trauma centre in Tooting, South West London.

Anna’s specialities are in the treatment and management of individuals suffering with long-term conditions. She has experience working with individuals with chronic pain, kidney failure and neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, as well as supporting individuals with their rehabilitation following serious injury. Anna has also worked with child, adolescent and adult mental health services. She has conducted research into adjustment to long term health conditions and the support needs of young parents.

Anna’s clinical approach includes, but is not limited to, modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).

Anna has a keen interest in the psychological aspects of sport and performance and is an important part of our team, enabling to provide a truly holistic approach to the management of pain and injury that focuses not just on the physical aspects of health and performance, but on the psychological aspects also.

Anna is available in clinic on Thursdays and all consultations are completely confidential.

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To book an appointment with Anna please call the clinic on 020 8254 2150/020 8644 6566 or email

Areas of Psychology/Counselling covered:

  • Abortion
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Carer support
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Depression and anxiety in children
  • Disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Miscarriage
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Rehabilitation from Injury/Return to Sport
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-management
  • Sex problems
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Undergraduate Education 2006-2009

BSc Single Honours Psychology class 2:1

The University of Leeds – Institute of Psychological Sciences


Post Graduate Education 2010-2011

MSc Health Psychology with Merit

The University of Bath


Doctorate 2012-2015

PsychD Clinical Psychology

The University of Surrey


Clinical Placements

  • Wallington Community Mental Health Team, Jubilee Health Centre.
    • Main therapeutic model: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Other models: Metacognitive therapy, Mindfulness
    • Experiences gained: Trauma-focused CBT, working with Bipolar Disorder, working with Psychosis, working with a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, working with a gentleman with mild learning difficulties, cognitive assessment to assess memory difficulties.
  • Oxted Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Mole Valley CAMHS.
    • Therapeutic models: CBT, systemic, psychodynamic, narrative therapy.
    • Experiences gained: Working with families, working with a young girl adjusting to the effects of a brain injury, cognitive assessments with young children, systemic work with schools, social services, physical health services.
  • Virgin Care complex elderly physical health inpatient wards, Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health, Milford Hospital.
    • Therapeutic models: CBT, narrative therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy.
    • Experiences gained: Working with older adults with cognitive impairments, working with clients with physical disabilities and sensory impairments, group work, multi-disciplinary team working, cognitive assessments to assess extent of cognitive impairment following stroke, cognitive assessment to assess whether a client had Parkinson’s Disease, routine cognition and mood screening of patients newly admitted to the rehabilitation ward following a stroke.
  • Royal Marsden Hospital working within the Family Psychology Service.
    • Therapeutic models: Systemic therapy, CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment focused interventions.
    • Experiences gained: Working with children and families when a parent has cancer. Liaison with systems around the families to provide holistic care, including meetings with schools and hospices. Working within a multi-disciplinary team to support families at times of crisis and prolonged emotional distress. Access to innovative training and workshops facilitated by researchers and practitioners from The Royal Marsden.
  • Learning Disabilities placement within West Sussex County Council.
    • Therapeutic models: Systemic therapy, CBT adapted for use with individuals with Learning Disabilities, Functional Analysis, psychological consultation to teams.
    • Experiences gained: Team formulation sessions and consultation to families and organisations supporting individuals with Learning Disabilities. Neuropsychological testing to diagnose and inform future care plans. Joint working with the multi-disciplinary team to provide holistic support to clients, staff, family members and carers.


Conferences/Training Courses (including presentations):

  • Supervision skills workshops one to four provided by the British Psychological Society. Completion of the four workshops allows me to be included on the BPS register of approved supervisors – October to December 2017
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches in Physical Health Care. Three day training course provided by Dr Mary Welford and other Clinical Psychologists using CFT in physical health settings, organised via the Clinical Health Psychology department, St George’s Hospital – October 2017
  • Talking about Sex; What do we do when sex enters the room? Provided by the British Psychological Society – March 2017
  • One day Coaching course for NHS staff organised by St George’s Hospital – 2016
  • Solution Focused Approaches to Helping People with Long Term Health Conditions, provided by the British Psychological Society – October 2016
  • Culture Change and the NHS, provided by St Georges University Hospitals NHS Trust – July 2016
  • Psychology and Sex Therapy, provided by the British Psychological Society – May 2016
  • Creative and systemic approaches in paediatric psychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital – October 2014
  • Working systemically within health care settings by Professor Robert Bor – June 2014
  • Supporting maternal mental health and wellbeing in the perinatal period by the Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Perinatal Psychology – May 2014
  • Introducing the science and practice of Compassion Focused Therapy by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland – August 2013
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Persecutory Delusions by Daniel Freeman of the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis – March 2013
  • Presentation of my research at the OPSYRIS (Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke) Annual Conference- ‘Evaluation of an Emotional Adjustment to Stroke Group’ – October 2011
  • Child Protection Training Level 2, North Bristol NHS Trust – August 2011
  • Better health forum on community tobacco use, with a focus on illicit tobacco use – June 2011
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK talk on the latest research findings – June 2011
  • Welsh Stroke Conference – June 2011
  • The Mary Kitzinger Trust conference on the Emotional Well-being and Quality of Life of children with visual impairments – May 2011
  • Certificate for completion of an online assessment of Stroke Core Competencies from the Stroke Training and Awareness Resources website – July 2010
  • Carers Awareness training day, provided by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers – July 2010
  • Certificate from a two day course entitled ‘Introduction to CBT’ from Cardiff Psychologists, and certificate from a one day course entitled ‘Motivational Interviewing’ from Cardiff Psychologists – April 2010
  • Person Centred Approach training to qualify for working on a Leeds based crisis helpline – March 2008
  • Certificate in Peer Mentoring from the University of Leeds – September 2008


Lectures/Teaching/Training Delivered

  • Regular teaching slot on the Pain Management teaching day at St George’s Hospital- “Psychological Aspects of Chronic Pain Management” – 2017 – 2018
  • Training to Department of Neuropsychology and Clinical Health Psychology at St George’s Hospital- “Major Incident Planning- Adult Psychology Department Response” – October 2017
  • Presentation to Department of Neuropsychology and Clinical Health Psychology at St George’s Hospital- “Talking about Sex with Patients (when that is not why they have been referred to your service)” – August 2017
  • Teaching to students studying a Masters in trauma care at St George’s, University of London- “Psychological Aspects of Trauma” – June 2017
  • Teaching sessions to nursing staff on Trauma and Orthopaedic wards as part of their Continuing Professional Development- “Supporting Inpatients After a Traumatic Incident” – June 2017
  • Teaching to Hand Therapy Unit at St George’s Hospital- “Psychological Aspects of Traumatic Injuries” – June 2017
  • Invited speaker to give a lecture at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, entitled ‘The Role of Clinical Psychology in the Management of Chronic Pain’. Attended by pain management department and offered as part of Continuing Professional Development to hospital staff and staff from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) – January 2017



  • Chryssanthopoulou, C.; Mathieson, A.; Papitsch-Clark, A.; Reed, A. & Shrivastava, S. (2015). Psychosocial needs and characteristics of Chronic Kidney Disease patients attending an advanced kidney care clinic for the first time. Poster presentation at the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association conference. DOI: 10.3252/
  • Mathieson, A. & Davis, L. (2012). Evaluation of an emotional adjustment to stroke group. Clinical Psychology Forum, August Edition.
  •  “Service Evaluation of Bluebell Nurses’ Mums’ Comfort Zone & Bluebell Buddy Services: Providing Support for Young Mums and Families in South Bristol Affected by Depression in Relation to Pregnancy and Birth”. Report written by Anna Mathieson, Ruth Jackson, Sally Cottrell and Rachel Jenkins.
  • June 2011: Poster presentation at the Welsh Stroke Conference of an evaluation of an emotional adjustment to stroke group.