About Dr. Anne E  Woodhouse


Doctor Anne Woodhouse has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Inverness, Highland, since 1999.  She started working as a psychologist in the NHS in 1992, qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 1997, becoming a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in 2005 and then, in 2009, taking on the post of NHS Highland Lead Psychologist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  She left the NHS in 2014 to concentrate on delivery of independent Clinical Psychology Services with Solution Psychology.

Anne’s undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Edinburgh, and included a work placement in a hospital for children with brain injuries in upstate New York.  From Edinburgh, Anne moved to London to work at the Department of Neuropsychology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  Her next job was as part of the Pain Management team at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh, before moving to South Wales to complete her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology through the University of Cardiff.  This three year training programme involved clinical placements in adult mental health services, child and family psychology, learning disabilities and older adults, and required the development of a range of assessment, therapeutic, consultation, training and research skills.  She also undertook a doctoral research project into life events during pregnancy and early infant temperament.

After qualifying Anne worked in Swansea, in both the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the Adult Learning Disability Team.  She developed a special interest in parenting by vulnerable adults and helped create a specialist service for parents with learning disabilities.  Anne has published in peer reviewed journals on this topic.

Anne moved to Inverness in 1999, working as a Clinical Psychologist within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).  In 2005 she was promoted to Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and in 2009 became the Lead Psychologist for NHS Highland CAMHS.  In 2011 Anne established Solution Psychology, and in 2014 left the NHS to focus on independent practice full-time.


Dr Anne Woodhouse D.Clin.Psy., MA (Hons)

Degree Qualifications:

Master of Arts with Honours in Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 1992

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, University of Cardiff, 1997.

Doctoral  training included development of assessment and therapeutic skills in various psychotherapeutic models, primarily, cognitive-behavioural therapy, systemic therapy, attachment based interventions, and play therapy, with additional skills in person-centred therapy, personal-construct theory and dynamic therapies.  Cognitive and adaptive functioning assessment are also core skills of a Clinical Psychologist.

Further training

Dr Anne Woodhouse has completed additional post-qualification training in Family Therapy, Child Neuropsychology, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Autism Assessment and Collaborative Practice as well as a range of appropriate professional development programmes to ensure her practice is up-to-date and evidence-based.  She is also an accredited user of the Story Stem Assessment Profile, a standardised play-based assessment of 4 - 8 year olds and has completed training in use of the Parent Development Interview for assessing reflective functioning (mentalisation) of parents, representational risk (i.e. the risk associated with parental internal working models of their children, themselves and their relationships) and the meaning of the child to the parent.

Registration and Membership

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions’ Council (PYL21936)
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (090682)
  • Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and BPS Faculty of Children and Young People
  • Member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health


Woodhouse, A.E. (1997).  Parents with learning disabilities: does everyone have the right to have children? Journal of Learning Disabilities for Nursing, Health and Social Care, 1, 141 – 146.

Woodhouse, A.E., Green, G. and Davies, S. (2001). Parents with learning disabilities: service audit and development.  British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 128 – 132.

Woodhouse, A.E. (2006).  Reducing waiting times: an opt-in system and changing prioritisation criteria.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 11, 94 – 97.

Woodhouse, A.E. (2013).  Meeting the targets: CAMHS waiting list redesign.  Division of Clinical Psychology-Scotland Review, 8.

Burke, C. and Woodhouse, A.E. (2019).  The clinical psychologist as expert witness in family law.  The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (journalonline.co.uk), June 2019.

Martin, N., Woodhouse, A.E., Burke, C. (2019).  Being trauma-informed in practice.  The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, October 2019.

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