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Dr Anna Symonds

Dr Anna Symonds
Job title
Child and Adolescent Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Primary specialtyPsychology
- BA(Hons)
- MSc
- DClinPsy
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Dr Anna Symonds BA(Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol, CSi qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Leicester. She is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and is Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Chartered Scientist with The Science Council and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. She holds a permanent Clinical Psychologist post within the NHS working with children from the ages of 0 to 18 years. Dr Symonds holds private practice clinics in Nottingham and West Midlands with flexible out-of-school hours including Saturdays and weekday evenings.

Dr Symonds assesses and treats children and young people who present with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has a special interest in Looked After Children and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

Psychological assessment of children and adolescents
Before beginning any therapeutic intervention, Dr Symonds will assess your child. This appointment lasts about 50 minutes and it is most helpful if a parent/carer is also present. An initial assessment usually begins with the child and parent/carer together, followed by a short period of time alone with the child, then an opportunity for the parent/carer to talk in the absence of the child. Towards the end of the assessment, Dr Symonds will share her thoughts with you as to the most appropriate way forward. There is no obligation to continue into therapeutic intervention at this stage. Dr Symonds encourages her clients to think about their options prior to committing to any further sessions. However, a further appointment can be organised should both parties feel this to be appropriate.

Therapeutic intervention for children and adolescents

Depending on the nature of the presenting difficulty, Dr Symonds uses a range of therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy, behaviour therapy, solution focused ideas, systemic and narrative approaches and developmental models, specifically tailored to your child’s needs and identified goals.

Appointments are 50 minutes in duration and start and end promptly. Parents and carers are often included at the beginning and end of each session in order to support the intervention, although this can vary depending on the needs and aims of the child. With your permission and when appropriate, it sometimes it is helpful to involve school and other organisations in the process.
Dr Symonds works in a practical and creative way, as well as talking, and finds this a helpful way of engaging young people in therapeutic work. Her friendly, warm manner allows her to connect with children and adolescents in a way which they find to be empathic, non-critical and supportive.  Dr Symonds finds that this way of working often helps to promote positive change for children and adolescents and their families.

Clinical interests

Dr Symonds sees children and young people with a wide range of difficulties, the most common of which are listed below:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Low self-esteem
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Low mood and depression
  • Behavioural problems
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social phobia
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Anger management
  • Counselling
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Social difficulties
  • Assessment of intellectual functioning

She can provide detailed assessments and specifically tailored therapeutic interventions for these presenting problems.

Research interests

Private hospital/Private clinic
The Bay Therapy Centre
21 Trent Boulevard
West Bridgford
The Bay Therapy Centre 29 Trent Boulevard
West Bridgford
United Kingdom
Private practice tel:
0115 934 4559 or 07870978899
Call for appointments:
0115 934 4559 or 07870978899