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.