Simon Woodward

Type of therapist: Art Psychotherapy

Location: Greater London


Depression Anxiety Anger management Eating Disorders Identity issues Mental Health issues Personal Development Relationships and Attachment issues Self-esteem Self-harm Trauma and PTSD Work-related issues Stress Special Needs and Learning Difficulties Self-Image


  • MA Art Psychotherapy - Merit
  • Roehampton University, London
  • September 2009 – June 2012
  • Introduction to Person Centered Counseling
  • City Lit, London
  • September to November 2007
  • Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
  • Saxoncourt Teacher Training College, London, July 2001
  • HND Graphic Design - Merit
  • Falmouth School of Art and Design, Cornwall
  • September 1988 – July 1990
  • BTEC National Diploma Art Foundation
  • Mid Warwickshire College of Further Education, Leamington Spa
  • September 1985 to June 1986


  • November 2017 to present, White Rocks Farm College, Kent
  • Outdoor Art Therapist (two days a week)
  • • Creation and implementation of group and individual outdoor art therapy for students with complex trauma and behavioural issues (including some forensic history).
  • March 2018 to present, Tulipcare
  • Art Therapist
  • • Provision of one-to-one art therapy to young people in residential care experiencing anger issues, complex trauma and self-harm.
  • June 2019 to present, Evoke Care
  • • Provision of one-to-one art therapy to young people in residential care experiencing gender identity issues and complex trauma.
  • October 2017 to December 2017, University of East Anglia, Chelmsford
  • Art Therapist
  • • Facilitation of art therapy group for under-graduates experiencing mental health issues.
  • September 2017 to present
  • Art Therapy Private Practitioner
  • • Providing personal therapy for art and play therapy trainees.
  • November 2015 to June 2019, University of Roehampton,
  • Art Therapy Clinical Supervision and Workshop Facilitator
  • • Facilitating placement clinical supervision group to first and second year
  • MA art psychotherapy students
  • • Facilitated Process group for Year II students
  • • Responsible for providing assessment of students’ clinical placements
  • • Responsible for marking students’ clinical placement reports
  • • Facilitating Student workshops on Art Therapy in Practice and Jungian Psychology
  • June 2012 to Present
  • Community Outdoor Art Therapy Service: COATS
  • • 2016 to Present. Weekly one-to-one therapeutic outdoor art making sessions with ten year-old foster child (foster mother also attends).
  • • 2017 Co-created and facilitated CPD workshop The Emergent Therapist: building confidence in recent art therapy graduates
  • • 2017 Summer: Facilitated outdoor art making workshops for Key Stage 2 School Children
  • • 2016 Summer: Created and Implemented series of therapeutic Outdoor Art making workshops for local community garden. These included adult and family days.
  • • 2016 Spring Commissioned by City & Hackney Mind to provide series of Adult wellbeing
  • Outdoor Art & Nature Workshops
  • • 2015 Autumn Commissioned by City & Hackney Mind to provide series of Adult Outdoor
  • wellbeing Art & Nature Workshops
  • • 2012/3 Co-created and implemented pilot project of series of weekly outdoors art therapy groups in green space in Hackney for adults with anxiety & depression
  • • Integrative Therapy incorporating art therapy, ecotherapy and mindfulness techniques
  • • Used adult safeguarding polices, risk assessments and statutory guidelines to create safe therapeutic environment
  • • Conducted assessment meetings
  • • Co-created publicity material and website for COATS
  • • Liaised with Community Mental Health Teams, Psychiatric Art Therapy Services and Local Mental Health Charities
  • • Co-created and facilitated a one-day workshop for other therapists entitled: Introduction to taking Art Therapy Outdoors
  • October 2012 to November 2015. Studio Upstairs, Hackney, London.
  • • Art Therapist and Monday Studio Manager November 2013 – November 2015
  • • Art Therapist providing periodic Studio Manager cover days August 2012 – October 2013
  • • Volunteer Art Therapist August 2012 – December 2012
  • • Co-facilitate an open studio model of art therapy.
  • • Provide artistic support to adults experiencing mental health issues.
  • • Engage studio members on one-to-one basis when they are in distress.
  • February 2013 – September 2013 North East London Foundation Trust, Goodmayes Hospital, Ilford.
  • • Honorary contract Art Therapist
  • • Co-facilitated slow-open community art therapy Studio Group. (Facilitated Studio Group alone when necessary).
  • • Provided psychotherapeutic and mentalization interventions within Studio Group.
  • • Co-created psychotherapeutic and mentalization protocols for the Studio Group.
  • • Conducted one-to-one reviews and discharge meetings with Studio Group clients.
  • • Engaged with Studio Group co-facilitation de-briefings incorporating a reflective function analysis.
  • • Co-facilitated client assessments.
  • • Co-facilitated outdoor art therapy taster groups for potential art therapy clients.
  • • Co-facilitated inpatient art therapy group on female psychiatric ward (February and March)
  • • Kept electronic client notes and used NHS databases according to Trust policies.
  • • Attended weekly Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Forum.
  • • Attended BAAT Art Therapy evaluation conference on-behalf of NELFT art therapy department.
  • • Attended Trust training days including using RiO database and Management of Aggression.
  • September 2010 – June 2011. NHS Adult Community Mental Health Centre, Erith, London.
  • Art therapist trainee
  • • Experience of assessing clients for art therapy.
  • • Facilitated mixed art therapy group once a week.
  • • Conduct two individual one-to-one art therapy sessions once a week.
  • • Client issues included: anxiety and depression, suicide ideation, self-harm, chronic somatic pain, Tourette’s and caring for disabled family members.
  • • Maintained process notes and produced a written case study about an individual client and the group.
  • • Ensured client records were kept up-to-date on RiO and in accordance with Trust policies.
  • • Reflected on personal art therapy practice in weekly supervision with the Placement Supervisor.
  • • Produced client discharge reports.
  • October 2009 – July 2010. NHS CAMHS, Haringey, London.
  • Art therapist trainee
  • • Provided one-to-on art therapy sessions for two children dealing with a range of issues including absconding, potential loss of siblings, witnessing of domestic violence and parental drug misuse.
  • • Set up an art therapy room and ordered relevant art materials for the art therapy service.
  • • Maintained process notes and produced a written case study about an individual client.
  • • Attended weekly supervision with the Placement Supervisor.
  • • Attended assessment meetings and clinical presentations, furthering my understanding of family issues and dynamics.
  • • Gained experience of working within multi-disciplinary team.
  • • Presented art therapy case studies to multi-disciplinary team.
  • • Ensured client records were kept up-to-date on RiO and in accordance with CAMHS policies.
  • • Produced client discharge reports.
  • Other Professional Experience:
  • January 2006 to September 2016 (Part time since September 2009)
  • Access for Living, Lee, London
  • Residential Learning Disabilities Support Worker and Outreach Transition Support Worker
  • • Support Service Users with day-to-day activities whilst promoting their presence in the community.
  • • Facilitate service users to develop skills to foster greater independence.
  • • Work with challenging behaviour: going beyond the presenting behaviour to ascertain why a person is distressed and what they are trying to communicate.
  • • Experience working with ADHD, Autism, Schizo-affective disorder, Dementia, short-term memory loss and elective mutism.
  • • Supported service users to CEL classes.
  • • Experience administering anti-psychotic medication.
  • • Engagement with other mental health services including CPN and Psychology.
  • • Co-facilitated art workshop as part of CEL ‘Friends and Relationship’ Course.
  • • Facilitated service user’s art making at home.
  • • Provide outreach work for young people’s transition from child to LD adult services.
  • • Ability to work as part of team as well as engaging with pro-active individual working.
  • • Keyworking service user including Person-Centred Planning.
  • • Keep accurate written daily records.
  • • Attend bi-weekly team meetings, monthly supervisions and keyworker meetings.
  • • Engage service users with meta outcomes implemented by service commissioners and producing report on results
  • • Created visual communication book in conjunction with Speech and Language therapist for Service User to facilitate expression of emotions.

Interesting / fun facts

  • I write poems about mental and emotional issues

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Greater London

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