Anna and her family have lived in Europe and Africa, and until 2018 lived in Pennsylvania, Wayne, where Anna built her Clinical Psychology therapy practice. Anna has now closed her practice and moved to NW Florida - partly because it is warmer!
She is pursuing many things that can be loosely called art - but either way, she is about creating - be it music, painting, design and also continuing her quest of internal psychological and spiritual exploration and connection, that we all have with the world and each other. She jokes that for 36 years, in England, Africa and Pennsylvania she has focused on interior design of a psychological and spiritual nature. Now she is pursuing the commonly held understood meaning of the phrase ‘interior design’! In her spare time she still supervises a few therapists from various places around the world in Schema Therapy, of which she is an advanced practitioner.
Background: In 1989, after working in the NHS in the UK, she and her family moved to Amsterdam to work with prostitutes and addicts, and from there, on to Bogata, Columbia, working with street children. Anna and her husband Doug later spent a year in Liberia, West Africa, running a relief project between the civil wars in the 90’s; Anna ran a trauma relief program.
After being back in London for some years, the Balfour’s - including 3 children, 11,16 and 18years old, moved to the USA in 2006. Anna became an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University whilst building her psychological practice. She was a sought after motivational speaker in local private and public schools, churches and business organizations on varied topics in the years between 2008 and 2018. A particular interest was working with families and individuals on Winning Under Pressure and The Price of Privilege, and also speaking on these challenges. She spoke on Invest in Yourself at the NEXUS Innovative Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Global Youth Summit held at the United Nations in New York in 2014. Anna also facilitated creative spiritual retreats for various church groups of different affiliations.
Anna is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, has her BCCP certification (Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist), a member of the APA (American Psychological Society), a member of the ISST (International Schema Society) and a UK Chartered Psychologist and is an AFBPsS (Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.)