Anna McKinnon

I am a Registered Clinical Psychologist and have completed extensive training locally and internationally. I completed my PhD at Flinders University in South Australia and then my postdoctoral training at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the EMDR Association of Australia.

In the Beginning

I started taking an interest in psychology long before it became my career.

Growing up in a big family in a country town, I was always observant of the variety of unique and diverse personalities I encountered. At this early stage, I became fascinated in learning about what makes people think, feel and act in diverse ways.

This early fascination led me to a career that delves deep into human behaviour and helps people make positive changes to the way they think, feel and act.

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A Career Balancing Research and Clinical Practice

I’m both a clinician and researcher, with PhD level qualifications.

I’ve worked extensively in treating children, teenagers and adults, and have worked most recently as a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic at Macquarie University.

I’m also currently an Honorary Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University. I have had articles and chapters published in a wide range of journals and books, and have spoken at local and international conferences.

My Approach

I am a gentle psychologist who takes an active approach to treatment – I’ll teach you skills and show you how to apply them in various areas of your life.

My Areas of Interest

I help primary school children, teenagers, adults and parents of children aged 8 years and over.

I have particular interests in treating the following conditions:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

My Therapeutic Frameworks

I incorporate the following therapeutic approaches into my sessions:
CBT
EMDR
Schema Therapy
Circle of Security
Mindfulness-Based Approaches
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Positive Psychology Approaches

Programs I Deliver:

Circle of Security Parenting
The Cool Kids Anxiety Treatment Program

My Therapy Dog, Gigi

My dog Gigi can be present at some sessions if you wish. Lots of my clients find this calming and relaxing. It is also completely fine if this is not something you would like to try. It is also not appropriate for Gigi to be in the room when I use certain techniques. Gigi also loves to hang out in the waiting area lapping up the attention of our lovely administrative staff and clients in the waiting area.

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Training Emerging Psychologists

I’m a board approved supervisor with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and am available to mentor and support developing psychologists in Sydney.

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