Dr Anna McKinnon
Dr Anna McKinnon specializes in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders, a range of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD), health-related concerns, and stress. She has a particular interest in the psychological impact of childhood trauma, publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and delivering lectures and workshops on this topic.
Anna completed the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program at Flinders University in South Australia. She went on to complete her postdoctoral training in the clinical trial stream of the Cognition and Emotional Mental Health Programme (CEMPH) at the UK Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. While based at the CEMPH, she worked as a clinician on several clinical trials evaluating therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Since returning to Australia, Anna has worked as a private clinical psychologist at the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic (Macquarie University), treating children, adolescents, parents and other adults with a broad range of anxiety and mood problems. She also has delivered a psychological intervention to prevent the emergence of anxiety and depression to groups of high school students.
Anna holds endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as a Clinical Psychologist. She works from a Cognitive Behavioural Framework, integrating acceptance based approaches and emotion regulation techniques into her therapy as appropriate. She employs a strengths-based approach and collaborates with the child’s family unit and wider systems (e.g., school) to achieve therapeutic change.