Anna Clarke, Psychologist, Play Therapist, EMDRAA Accredited Consultant, Co-Director

Anna Clarke, Psychologist, Play Therapist, EMDRAA Accredited Consultant's profile

Anna Clarke is a Psychologist and Play Therapist with a passion for supporting children and young people. With a background in Out of Home Care, they are passionate about the transformative powers of play in building healthier relationships and supporting emotion regulation. Anna holds a Master in Child Play Therapy and collaborates with parents, carers, schools, and stakeholders to provide collaborative care. They are passionate about early intervention, approaching behaviours through a trauma-informed and Neurodiversity-Affirming lens.

Anna actively advocates for Neurodiversity-Affirming approaches to therapy. Anna is also experienced working with survivors of sexual assault and family violence. They are currently part of the Witness Intermediary Pilot Scheme within the Tasmanian Department of Justice, where they conduct communication assessments during police interviews and court proceedings.

Anna is an EMDRAA Accredited Consultant and has undertaken advanced training in EMDR Therapy. Anna is an active member of the Australian EMDR Therapy community, contributing through collaborative research, facilitating a Neurodiversity-Affirming EMDR Peer Group, and providing support for therapists wishing to integrate Neurodiversity-Affirming practise into EMDR Therapy.

As Co-Director of Divergent Futures, they offer education, training, and consulting in Neurodiversity-Affirming practice. Anna is an experienced public speaker, addressing topics such as violent behaviours, trauma-informed care, managing power imbalances in therapy, and strengths-based treatment for eating disorders.

Outside of their professional pursuits, Anna enjoys hiking in the Tasmanian bush, reading, boxing, and art.

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Anna Clarke maintains a private practice and is the co-director of Divergent Futures. They have employment relationships with Deakin University and the Tasmanian Department of Justice. Anna Clarke receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. They have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. Non-financial: Anna Clarke has no relevant non-financial relationships.