About Dr Willner

Dr Alex Willner - Clinical Psychologist W1BSc (Hons), MA, MClinPsychol, PhD.
Chartered Psychologist, AFBPsS; HCPC Registered

Academic & Professional Qualifications

After a first degree in Psychology (BSc Hons), Dr Alexandra Willner completed her professional Psychology training (MClinPsychol) at the University of Liverpool.

Committed to linking clinical research and practice, she then obtained her doctorate (PhD) on aggression from the University of Cambridge.

Whilst continuing to work in generic mental health, she also specialises in Eating Disorders, having attained a post-qualification MA (Distinction) in Eating Disorders from the Tavistock Clinic in 2003.

Professional Career

Dr Willner has held senior posts in the NHS, initially in Kent and then London.  Since 1990, she has worked variously in the community, in hospital out-patient clinics, hospital mental health units and specialist services, helping adults with severe and complex difficulties as well as those with more discrete, focused concerns.

As well as working with adults across a spectrum of psychological problems, she specialises in Eating Disorders and has publications on Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

For 12 years, as Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Willner was Head of Psychology at St Ann’s Hospital’s regional Eating Disorders Service in London until 2010. Here she combined clinical assessment and therapy with research and a senior management role in overall strategic planning. She was actively involved in setting up this highly regarded service and played a key role in its development.

With a wealth of experience in mental health, and after over 20 years practising, largely in the NHS, she now works solely in the private sector.

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Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS Membership No. 013223)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC Reg. No. PYL22454)

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Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society