Dr Anna Ratke 

BSc, MSc, DPsych

Anna is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with twenty years experience in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, schools, hospital settings, charities and academia (UCL).  

Anna trained at the Anna Freud Centre and is a member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP).  Anna obtained a professional doctorate degree in Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (DPsych) from University College London.

Anna's professional experience covers children and young people struggling with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties including, low self-esteem, anxiety, poor-peer/family relations, low mood, bereavement and poor impulse control.  Furthermore, Anna has experience in working with children whose problems were rooted in neurodevelopmental factors (autistic spectrum disorder, learning difficulties) and children who suffered from chronic ill health.

Anna believes in the importance of applying her expertise in a flexible way.  There is no one way of working and Anna always aims to find the approach that is right for the individual child/young person and their family.  In the case of younger children, a presenting problem can sometimes be meaningfully addressed in just a few sessions by working with the parents.  At other times Anna works by inviting parents and children to attend appointments together in order to aid closeness and mutual understanding.

Anna, when appropriate, will see a child or young people on their own.  Here she aims to create a therapeutic environment in which children and young people are able to communicate their feelings and preoccupations through talking or in-directly through play and drawing.  She then uses this to help them understand themselves better and relate in a healthier way to the world around them.  Any work Anna does with children or teenagers on their own is always in close collaboration with parents and where it is best for the link with the parents to be with a different clinician Anna works closely with colleagues who provide this.

In addition to her clinical work, Anna has extensive experience in providing clinical supervision and consultation to colleagues in the NHS, primary and secondary schools.  She has also supervised the clinical work of counselling students at Birkbeck, University of London.

Anna also has a longstanding interest in teaching and for over 10 years Anna taught on a postgraduate Masters course in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (UCL) and led mother-infant observation seminars for trainees of Child Psychotherapy at the Anna Freud Centre.  Furthermore, Anna holds the position of external examiner for a MA course in Integrative Child Psychotherapy at University of East London/The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.

Anna Ratke, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Office: 47, St John’s Wood High Street, London NW8 7NJ
Tel: 0207 449 2636 Mobile: 07951 159583 Email: anna@dpotel.com 

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Anna Ratke

“I feel lighter and clearer in my head after coming to talk with you.”