Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard


About us

Anna Crichton, M.A. Clinical Psychologist

tl_files/content/anna.jpgAnna is a registered Clinical Psychologist in private practice in the Canberra area, Queanbeyan and Tuross Head, NSW South Coast, Australia.

Anna is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency, the NSW and ACT Psychologist Registration Boards, member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Anna received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rhodes University in South Africa, a degree which included an M.A. dissertation and supervised internship in the Royal Ottawa Hospital in Canada and Fort England Hospital in South Africa.

Prior to establishing a private practice in 1992, Anna worked in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings, including mental health hospitals, training hospitals, and rural mental health centres in South Africa, Canada and Australia.

Psychologist-in-charge at Bathurst Gaol, NSW 1989 - 1992, her work included management and treatment of inmates and the provision of psycho-legal reports for the Parole Board and the Serious Offenders’ Review Board. 

After relocating with her family to the Canberra area in 1992, Anna worked part-time with the Employees Assistance Services and the Forensic Branch of ACT Mental Health as a Senior Clinical Psychologist. 

With 30 years of experience in Clinical Psychology, Anna specialises in the treatment of occupational stress, injury and pain management, anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma.

A wife, a mother and a clinical practitioner, Anna has learned to create a rich and fulfilling lifestyle.  She is keen to help you design yours. 

James Crichton

tl_files/content/james.jpgAfter 30-years mainly in secondary education James increased his involvement with Anna E Crichton & Partners in 2002 and now provides a broad range of logistical and administrative support to the practice.

Born and educated to tertiary level in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, James completed an Arts degree in Roman-Dutch Law and History at Rhodes University.  While an undergraduate he completed work experience as a student reporter on the Eastern Province Herald.  This was followed by an Honours year in Modern History which gained him admission to the University of London where he completed the Graduate Certificate in Education in 1972.  After a variety of jobs in London, James’s formal teaching career began in Sydney, NSW in 1973.

James did postgraduate work in Education at Rhodes in 1977 and graduated Bachelor of Education in 1978.  After twelve months teaching in Eastern Cape schools he was awarded a postgraduate studentship at Murdoch University, WA, in 1979.  In 1980 he tutored in education at Rhodes while supplementing his income as a reporter/editorial assistant with Grocott’s Mail in Grahamstown, South Africa. 

In 1981 James returned to secondary teaching.  In 1983 he brought his family to Australia.  Being a full-time dad kept him busy for three years from 1984 -1986 while Anna established herself in NSW.  In 1987 James returned to the fold of the NSW Education Department and remained with them as a permanent teacher until 2002.  Since then he has taught on a casual basis in Queanbeyan.

Particular skills James brings to our practice include information management, communication, and research.  For these abilities he is eternally grateful to his grandmother, a language teacher, his grandfather, who prized knowledge above all things and his mother, a journalist for 40-years.