Anna James, Counselling Psychologist Registrar

Anna is a registered psychologist. She was born in Germany and received 5 years of psychology training at university (Bachelor & Masters) before moving to Australia.  She finished her training with a two-year Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) degree at Curtin University.

Anna has experiences working with clients across the lifespan, from young children to older adults. After finishing her training, she worked in private practice until she joined Early Start Australia in 2022. Anna enjoys balancing cognitive and emotional work, focusing part of her week cognitive/educational assessments, and the other part on psychotherapy.  Anna speaks German and English fluently and is learning Croatian. She enjoys working with families from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Anna chooses therapeutic approaches to suit the individual and their family, including EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, and Existential Psychotherapy.

Anna’s therapeutic areas of interest include anxiety, relationships, health behaviours and habits formation, and existential issues.

 

Registration:

Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Medicare provider through Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative
Working with Children Check
National Police Clearance

Qualifications:

Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology)

Master of Science (Psychology)

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

 

Areas of Interest:

Diagnostic Assessments for children, adolescents, and university students

  • Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) in reading (dyslexia,), mathematics (dyscalculia), and written expression (dysgraphia)
  • Intellectual giftedness
  • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders
  • Intellectual disability

Therapy

  • Anxiety disorders across the lifespan
  • Relationships
  • Parenting and attachment
  • Health behaviours

Career Experience:

  • Individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults in private practice
  • Working with university students at the UWA counselling services
  • Level 1 &2 training in EMDR
  • Level 1 Schema therapy training
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