Lee Anna Simmons
0770 421 9009
I am a state registered art psychotherapist (HCPC approved), providing individual therapy and running therapeutic groups. The therapeutic methods I use mainly adopt a non-directive approach, with Art Psychotherapy forming my clinical base. I also offer talking therapy in a relaxed and safe environment, and EMDR therapy to address specific blocks or trauma.
My experience also includes social art projects, mentoring and consultancy, and I maintain my own art practice.
Over the last five years I worked in Adult Social Services on a three year full time post, where I provided over 500 therapy sessions across the London Borough of Sutton, working with a range of organisations. I have also worked on shorter term contracts in Beirut, Lebanon in a refugee camp and an addiction centre, and in a London adoption centre, primary schools, and the South London and Maudsley NHS.
I am now working in private practice, and provide my services on a sessional basis to organisations and individuals, working with adults, children and adolescents in the Social Art & Therapy studio space, schools and a pupil referral unit.
Who do I help?
- adults who wish to overcome feelings and problems associated with past experiences and trauma
- people with difficulties communicating due to disability
- people with phobias
- children and adolescents who may be experiencing emotional and/or behavioural difficulties – perhaps as a result of a traumatic event or neglect
- professionals who wish to unlock their potential by expressing themselves more freely and expanding on their self-awareness
My approach is to work in partnership with my clients, to devise a programme and to work through difficulties as a shared endeavour. I offer sessions in South East London and I can also arrange other locations across greater London. The first session is to explore whether the approach fits and how best to proceed.
In sessions I include psychoeducation, sharing information about the methods I am using in the therapy, and offering practical information that can be helpful, working transparently and with respect every step of the way.
I am registered with data protection and have a formal confidentiality agreement with all of my clients and colleagues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, London, I am registered with the British Association of Art Therapists, and on their list of recommended practitioners, and am listed with the HPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a UK based practitioner. I am trained in EMDR therapy (by Sandy Richman) and am a member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
My experience includes working with adults and children, people suffering from addiction, self harm, refugees and migrants, victims of domestic abuse, the elderly and people suffering from mental health difficulties – both in the community and in health care establishments. I also use a combination of EMDR and Art Psychotherapy with people who hoard.
My own art practice has remained active since year 2000, when I graduated from a Fine Art training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
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|Arts Therapy||£60 per hour|
|EMDR||£90 per session (1.5 hours)|
|Counselling||£60 per hour|
Additional Rate Information:
The rates above are for therapy provided in my studio, or over Skype.
The student fee is £50 a session.
A home therapy space is available for supervision, or where disabled access is needed.
I offer sessions in other locations across London, but the rates are higher.
The fee is adjusted for different organisations and locations to allow for requirements such as travel, meetings, materials, and administration.
Please call to discuss.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime appointments are currently possible on Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays can be booked for consultation or assessment sessions 9am - 7pm. Please contact me to discuss availability.
Types of client