Dr. Anna Randle
Anna is an exceptionally warm, gentle and deeply compassionate Clinical Psychologist who has over ten years’ experience working with children, young people and families. She has a considerable portfolio of experience working in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Services (MTFC), Inpatient Adolescent Services as the Clinical Lead in Eating Disorders and Psychosis, and Principal Psychologist in Residential Services for looked after children. In both these roles, she had the lead responsibility for providing training and specialist consultation to Health, Social Care and Educational Professionals as well as providing reflective supervision of Assistant, Trainee and Specialist Psychologists.
More recently, Anna spends her time working between her role as Head of Therapy for a Fostering Agency in Sussex and in Independent Practice providing therapeutic work, psychological assessments, multidisciplinary consultation, staff training, risk management and service development across a number of Residential Children’s Homes. She has a special clinical interest in working with looked after and adopted children and young people. She is particularly keen to integrate the work of Kim Golding and Dan Hughes and the key principles of parenting with PACE into her work with children, young people and families. She offers specialist clinical consultation, reflective practice work and attachment-focused training to therapeutic support staff within residential contexts.
Anna is currently involved in developing and co-writing a new training package, which is fully grounded in developmental psychology, affective neuroscience and attachment theory. She has published research papers relating to the development of ‘therapeutic attachments’ within residential context. She believes in the importance of building a therapeutic web around the complex emotional needs of children who are looked after, to nurture their capacity to form ‘therapeutic attachments’.
She has facilitated Kim Golding’s 18-week Nurturing Attachment Group several times to foster carers and continues to integrate the key principles of the ‘House Model’ into her role across several residential settings. Her therapeutic approach draws heavily upon Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and the work of Kim Golding, but she also integrates Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy for Children and CBT where appropriate.
Anna has considerable experience in developing and delivering training across a wide range of professional settings. For the last six years’ she has been an Honorary Lecturer at Southampton University on the Doctoral Programme for Clinical Psychology Trainees, a role she enjoys enormously.
Anna is a fully registered chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).