Dr Theresa Schwaiger



Dr Theresa Schwaiger is a Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Head of the Family Trauma Service, at the Anna Freud National Centre where she provides assessment and treatment for children and families in and at the edge of care.

Theresa trained as a Clinical and Health Psychologist in Vienna, Austria before she completed her professional doctorate at University College London. She has specialised in the work with complex childhood and adult trauma and has expertise in providing assessment and treatment for refugees and asylum seekers, homeless people and children/adults with history of attachment disruption, severe abuse and neglect. Prior to her appointment at the centre, she worked in specialist NHS services for looked after and adopted children.  

Apart from her Mentalization-based treatment work with children and parents, she is a trained EMDR therapist and has a particular interest in parent/carer-child EMDR with small children aged 2 to 7 years. She also acts as an expert witness in the family court and teaches on the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice at UCL. Theresa is the clinical lead for reflective parenting groups at the AFNCCF. 

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