Dr. Daniel Anderson


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB330

Dan is a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy. He is a practicing group analyst and psychodynamic psychotherapist, and worked for 15 years in the NHS and the independent sector as a consultant psychiatrist. For three years he held the position of Medical Director at a well-established psychotherapeutically-oriented mental health hospital. Since 2007 he has been a regular peer reviewer for the journals ‘The Psychiatrist’ and ‘Advances in Psychiatric Treatment’.

Full Profile

Dan’s field of practice has previously included community and inpatient mental health care, as well as roles within liaison psychiatry and within psychotherapy departments within the NHS, working predominantly with older adults but also working-age adults. He maintains an interest in the psychological impact of living with long-term conditions in addition to working with those with medically-unexplained symptoms. He has developed an interest in working with those with issues related to sexuality and gender and he maintains membership of the sexuality and gender diversity advisory group to the British Psychoanalytic Council, which played an important role in developing the recent NHS England (and other organisational and NHS bodies) joint Memorandum of Understanding against conversion therapies. His other interests include organisational dynamics, consultancy and leadership.

  • MBChB Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Aberdeen, 2002
  • Diploma in Geriatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of London, 2006
  • Masters of Arts in Psychoanalysis with Distinction, University of Sheffield, 2009
  • Diploma in Groupwork Practice, Group Analysis North, 2013
  • Mentalization-based treatment basic training, Anna Freud centre, London, 2017
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary in Educational Psychology and English
  • Literature/Cultural Studies) in group analytic approaches to sexuality and gender,
  • University of Manchester, ongoing since 2013


The Retreat, York: an organisational view of an applied group analytic approach. Anderson, D. Group Analysis (International Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy) (2017) 50 (1): 55-69.

Response to Morris Nitsun’s commentary on ‘(De)constructions of discourse in group analytic perspectives of homosexuality’. Anderson, D. Group Analysis (International Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy) (2016) 49 (3): 217.

(De)constructions of discourse in group analytic perspectives of homosexuality. Anderson, D. Group Analysis (International Journal of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy) (2016) 49 (3): 201-15.

Self-management in early-stage dementia: a pilot randomised controlled trial of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a self-management group intervention (The SMART study). Quinn, C., Anderson, D., Toms, G., Whitaker, R., Edwards, R., Jones, C., Clare, L. Trials (2014) 15 (1): 74

Teaching Activities

Module lead for CG100 The Discovery of the Unconscious: Freud and Jung

Research Activities

  • Discourse analysis, sexuality and gender as applied to training psychotherapists
  • The discourse of sexuality and gender within group analysis

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham


  • Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2006
  • Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (Association of Medical Psychodynamic Psychotherapists), 2013
  • Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis, London, 2017