Lee Anna Simmons
0770 421 9009
The therapy that I offer is tailored to suit the individual or group that I am working with, often using my specialisms, which are art therapy and EMDR psychotherapy. My clinic is a Social Art & Therapy space, which I use to provide individual therapy, run therapeutic groups, and to paint in. I offer art therapy and talking therapy in this relaxed and safe environment, using EMDR mainly to address specific blocks, phobias, or past trauma. My practice also includes therapeutic rock climbing, social art, consultancy, and training.
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 but also work in other areas. 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 have been employed by Adult Social Services in Greater London full time for three years, where I worked across a range of organisations, including Sutton Mental Health Foundation, Sutton Carers Centre, and the Jubilee Health Centre (NHS). I have also worked in Lebanon in a refugee camp and an addiction centre and have experience providing therapy in schools in the UK including primary, secondary, rehabilitation, pupil referral and alternative provision.
Adults, children and adolescents attend therapy with me in SA&T's studio, where I also provide supervision for social workers and therapists. I deliver therapy and supervision for UK based and international charities using my specialist experience and training in trauma work.
I am registered with data protection and have a confidentiality agreement with all of my clients and colleagues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University, London, am registered with the British Association of Art Therapists including on their list of recommended practitioners and supervisors and am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a UK based practitioner. I am an accredited EMDR practitioner (for adults), with specialist Child and Adolescent training (full); I attend regular EMDR psychotherapy supervision and am a member of EMDR UK & Ireland.
My clinical experience includes working with both 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 use a combination of EMDR and Art Psychotherapy in trauma work, with people who hoard and with complicated grief.
My art practice has been active since year 2000, when I graduated from a Fine Art degree. Long term experience in yoga and martial arts also informs some of the more active work I do with some of my clients (eg. breathing techniques from tai chi chuan). This is on a case-by-case basis. I have basic (level 1) trainings in Shiatsu and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) that can help people self soothe and build resources and in Mentalization (Anna Freud Centre); I am also a qualified climbing wall instructor, which I utilise in some therapeutic interventions, for example taking people to the climbing wall next door (The Reach) at the end of their therapy or as part of it.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Group Supervision is available in Central London, mainly suitable for psychodynamic therapists: www.socialarttherapy.com/supervision
Photos & videos
|Assessment||£50 for 50 minutes|
|Art and talking psychotherapy||£60 for 50 minutes|
|EMDR therapy||£90 for 75 minutes|
|Clinical supervision||£60 for 50 minutes|
|Supervision group||£20 per hour|
|Therapeutic climbing||£60 for 50 minutes|
|Therapeutic climbing group||£50 for up to 2 hrs|
Additional Rate Information:
The rates above apply in 2019 for individual therapy provided at my studio complex in East Greenwich (Woolwich), or over Skype. This is inclusive of all costs.
A standard charge is £60 for one to one sessions of 50 minutes at the studio or online.
Initial meetings and assessment sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.
The student price is £50 between 9am - 5pm Tuesdays and Thursday. Where space remains these slots are available for individuals to book.
Saturdays are available for short term work at £70 per 50 minutes and Sundays at £80.
Prices in Covent Garden are usually £10 more than the above per hour.
Sunday sessions are available from May 2019 in Covent Garden for regular therapy sessions.
Project work, trainings, reports and off site therapeutic work is costed on a case by case basis. I offer a proportion of pro bono work, usually with people working to support refugees and taking the form of practitioner self-care workshops and supervision groups.
Please call to discuss.
Therapeutic groups are available on request. This is dependent on being able to combine people whom I think will be helpful to each other in the same timeframe.
Please contact me to enquire or register your interest.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
There is currently availability Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (early 2019). Saturdays can be booked for short term work on a case-by-case basis. Do get in touch to enquire.
Types of client
Supervision & training