Anna Motz

Anna Motz

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has worked in forensic settings for the NHS for 30 years, specialising in evaluation and psychotherapeutic work with criminalised women.

Anna currently works for Central and North West London NHS Trust within HMP Bronzefield, providing specialist consultation, assessment and treatment for high-risk women within the EOS Service, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Female Offenders, under the Ministry of Justice. She has extensive experience of the assessment and treatment of women within forensic services, and with the staff who care for them. She has expertise in organisational dynamics and the impact of this work on teams. Anna was formerly the President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and also works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She is a Mentalization Based Therapy Supervisor and supervises groups for people with antisocial personality disorder internationally. She has worked in four medium secure units in the United Kingdom and in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for parents of children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Anna lectures internationally and works as an expert witness for the National Crime Agency . She has published widely in the field, and is the author of The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body (Routledge, 2008), Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence (Routledge, 2014) editor of Managing Self Harm (Routledge, 2009) and has recently co-authored Invisible Trauma: Women, Difference and the Criminal Justice System (Routledge, 2020), exploring unconscious bias in the treatment of female offenders, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds. Her forthcoming book If Love Could Kill: The Myth and Truth of Female Violence will be published by Orion in 2023.