Dr Anna Colton
Dr Anna Colton is a highly knowledgeable clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in her field. She combines her love of performance with studies of the brain and how it shapes what we think, feel and do. Dr. Anna is available for speaking engagements and Q&A sessions, with her fields of expertise being the psychology of adolescents, eating disorders, anxiety, trauma and elite performers.
About Dr Anna Colton
Dr Anna Colton is a regular face on television, appearing frequently as a guest expert on hugely popular This Morning as well as LBC and BBC Radio 5Live. Having worked in both the NHS and the private medical sector, Anna now serves as an advisor to TV companies on projects involving social experiments and the study of human behaviour. Some of the key issues she regularly approaches in her speaking work include eating disorders, self-harm, parenting work stage fright and performance anxiety in child and adult performers.
Dr Anna Colton gained a 1st in her undergraduate degree at Bristol University, Anna did her clinical training at University College London. Since then Anna has worked in the NHS and the private sector at The Tavistock Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Vincent Square eating disorders clinic and the Priory Roehampton. She now works exclusively in private practice. Anna is registered with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and the BPS (British Psychological Society).
In her television career, Dr Anna has featured as a body image expert on Sky Living’s DKW (Different Kind of Woman) and BBC1’s daytime series Health: Truth or Scare?. As well as featuring on multiple television programmes, Anna’s work has led her to working with the BBC on the BBC Mind Set’s GCSE campaign – the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and national students. The campaign explored exam stress targeting secondary school students across the UK, providing support and trusted advice. Anna also recently worked with National Citizen Service’s body image campaign, where she featured as their spokesperson on programmes such as Sky Sunrise and Good Morning Britain.
Anna is trained in many therapeutic models including CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and systemic therapy. She is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist. Anna is passionate about teaching people to cope with distress, overcome anxiety and perform at their very best. Likewise about early intervention in eating disorders, adolescent mental health, and equipping our children with the tools they need to survive and live in the world from day one.
In addition to her private practice Anna works with several West End stage shows, such as Hamilton, Les Mis, Billy Elliott and Matilda, to help children and adults who are struggling with a range of issues that are affecting their performance such as stage fright and anxiety. Anna actually trained at Drama School herself (Drama Studio London) and is a classically trained musician so has an additional layer of understanding when it comes to working with children who are performing, using these skills in her clinics.
Anna lives in London with her husband and four children and three cats.
- The psychology of adolescents
- Eating disorders
- Elite performers