Anna Lidzey

Art Psychotherapist

Anna is a qualified Art Psychotherapist and experienced family worker. She brings both an active and creative approach to therapy and loves working outdoors.

Specialisms include working with children and teenagers who have: complex trauma, attachment difficulties and Learning Difficulties. With an Art Therapy background, she incorporates a variety of contemporary evidenced based approaches (mindfulness, mentalisation and neuro-sequential therapeutics), appealing to a broad range of children and teenagers. Anna too offers psycho-social education and support to families, schools and professionals. 

Anna has provided therapy to adults with addiction problems, terminal illnesses, Learning Disabilities and dementia. Currently she supervises an array of healthcare professionals, teaches at the University of Essex and works in private practice.


  • Working with Children Level 6 Dip, 2018, BAAT 
  • Art Psychotherapy PG Dip, 1995 (Masters level), University of Glasgow
  • BSc Social Anthropology 1989, London School of Economics

Current Study

  • Year 2 Family therapy training NSFT

Current Work

  • University of Essex 
    • Group facilitator and supervisor for Doctorate course in Clinical Psychology
  • EA Coordinator, Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service
    • Coordinating and Leading a Psychological Therapies Team across EA; Individual Art Psychotherapy and Systemic Family Work
  • Independent supervisor and Art Psychotherapist
    • Supervisor to a various Independent Health Care Professionals and students; Independent Art Psychotherapy and family work 

Work History

  • Art Psychotherapist, NSFT
    • Individual and dyadic Art Psychotherapy to the Connect LAAC Team; Safeguarding Champion; Supervisor; Consultant to children homes
  • Consultant Art Psychotherapist, Keys Childcare
    • Individual Art Psychotherapy; Staff Support
  • Consultant Art Psychotherapist, Priory Health care
    • Individual Art Psychotherapy; Staff Support
  • Art Psychotherapist, St Elizabeth hospice
    • Individual and group Art Psychotherapy
  • Art Psychotherapist, Norfolk NHS mental health care trust
    • Individual and group Art Psychotherapy to CAMHS, LD, Older People and Dementia
  • Art Psychotherapist, St Nicholas hospice
    • Individual Art Psychotherapy; Mindfulness group for staff 
  • Art Psychotherapist, Ferry Cross Rehab
    • Group Art Psychotherapy 
  • Art psychotherapist, South Africa
    • Individual and group Art Psychotherapy in the community and for NGOs
  • Community Outreach Officer, St Gregory College, South Africa
    • AIDS/HIV education; teachers’ support group; multi-racial community art events


  • LIDZEY, A. (2008). Visual art in cancer care and palliative care. In: Boulton, G. et al. Dying Bereavement and the Healing Arts, London. JKP.
  • LIDZEY, A. (2004). Coma work: a new approach to with drawn states. The Journal of Dementia Care. Vol12 (3) , pp 20-23.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Health Care Profession Council registered
  • British Association of Art Therapists