Dr Anita Houghton

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

MBBS, MSc, FFPH, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT, Master Practitioner in NLP

Year qualified:1981

Specialty

Personal profile

Anita Houghton is a public health consultant, psychological coach and CBT therapist, and has been supporting and treating people with personal and emotional problems since 1999. She has been a consultant in public health since 1988, and has been a director at the Audit Commission, a non-executive director of a PCT, and associate dean for flexible training at the London deanery.

In tandem with her medical posts, she developed expertise in psychological coaching, training to master level in neuro-linguistic programming and gaining a postgraduate diploma in CBT. In 2004 year she set up an independent coaching service, The Working Lives Partnership (www.workinglives.co.uk), aimed at helping people to increase their effectiveness, fulfilment and well-being at work. She works regularly with the BMA, NCAS, and a variety of NHS trusts, and is an associate at the King’s Fund.

She writes regularly for the career sections of professional journals, and has published two books on career development: Know Yourself: the individual’s guide to career development in healthcare, published by Radcliffe Medical Press, and Finding Square Holes, published by Crown House.

Clinical Interests


Depression, stress, anxiety disorders (including panic, chronic worrying, social anxiety, health anxiety, social and performance anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder), sleeping difficulties, low self esteem, menopause-related problems, work-related problems.

Professional Membership



  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health

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