Professor Alessandra Lemma (BSc. MA, MPhil (Cantab.), MSt (Oxon), D. Clin. Psych.) is a Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

She has worked in the NHS and in other mental health services for over 35 years specializing in the treatment of adults and adolescents with mild to severe mental health problems. She worked for many years at the Tavistock Clinic where she was first the Head of Psychology and then Professor of Psychological Therapies in conjunction with Essex University.

She is now Consultant, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychoanalysis/people/alemma), and Co-Director of the Young People Therapy and Consultation Service at the Queen Anne Street Practice where she works with both adolescents and adults.

Her training and experience in a range of therapeutic modalities underpins her approach to assessing suitability for psychological interventions. Besides training in long-term psychoanalytic interventions, she is also an experienced trainer, supervisor and therapist in a range of brief evidence-based psychological interventions such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), one of the NICE approved therapies for the treatment of depression, and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). DIT is a 16 session psychodynamic intervention for the treatment of anxiety and depression, which she has developed with colleagues and is now offered in the NHS in the UK and in several other countries (http://www.d-i-t.org).

She has specialist clinical experience in the treatment of:

  • Mood disorders (depression and anxiety)
  • Body image disturbances (e.g., Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Self-harm
  • Addiction to digital media
  • Problems related to gender identity (e.g., transgender) and to sexual desire.

She lectures internationally on all these subjects and has published extensively in these areas.

In addition to direct clinical work, she has a background in applied ethics through her studies at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. She has an interest in supporting rational ethical reflection and dialogue on bioethical and clinical dilemmas and controversies. She offers consultancy to clinicians and institutions on ethical matters.