Dr Anna Hames
You’re a clinical psychologist what does this mean?
This means that I have done two degrees in psychology (an undergraduate degree and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology), and I have also done some further training in family therapy. I have seen lots of children, young people and families for assessments and therapy, and regularly also work alongside other professionals they see.
Where have you worked previously?
Before coming to GIDS I was working with young people and families with physical health problems, with a particular focus on supporting people as they moved from children’s to adult services. As well as seeing people individually I was running groups, teaching others about young people’s needs, doing research and supervising other professionals.
What are your special interests within the work you do?
I am really interested in understanding the journey that has brought people to GIDS – hearing about both the difficulties they have experienced along the way, but also about their personal resources and resilience that have got them through. I am constantly impressed by the strength and humour people can show at times of great stress, and really enjoy being able to work alongside children, young people and families to help negotiate some of these challenges.
What is your favourite season and why?
Summer – the perfect excuse to eat ice cream every day!