Layla Smith Integrative Movement Psychotherapist London E8Layla Smith:

Integrative Movement Psychotherapist (ADMP UK)

My name is Layla Smith, I am a qualified integrative movement psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, certified movement analyst and lecturer.

I work with a Humanistic approach, offer face to face and online sessions in personal therapy or supervision from an embodied perspective on Wednesdays and Fridays at  HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, E8.

Movement Psychotherapy combines verbal, talking therapy and non-verbal communication, for example, body signals, gestures, posture, attention to breath and natural ways of moving.

Working with both our bodies and minds can help us express what may be difficult to articulate, as well as integrate and clarify our emotions and unacknowledged feelings.

This form of psychotherapy works with attention to being in the present moment and no prior experience of movement is required.

I aim to provide a non-judgmental, supportive environment to creatively explore movement and words safely within the context of the therapeutic relationship.

I can help with issues to do with: stress, anxiety and depression, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties, body image issues, loss, developing confidence, personal growth, LGBTQIA+.

My Credentials:
I have over 15 years of experience as a movement psychotherapist in different child and adult mental health settings in primary and secondary care, and over 15 years of experience as a lecturer with a specialism in Laban movement analysis (LMA) and observation.

Movement analysis and observation focus on nonverbal communication, how we cope in the environment and relate to ourselves and others.

  • Supervisor, University of Roehampton (UOR)
  • MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (RDMP) UOR
  • Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC
  • BA Hons in Visual & Performing Arts in Brighton University
  • Diploma Teaching (DTLLS) Canterbury Christ Church University

My Fees:

  • Movement psychotherapy rates run from £70-85 for a 55-minute session
  • Supervision is £60 for 55 minutes, LMA supervision is £70 for 55 minutes


***If you are in need of more information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***

Layla Smith – Working Hours

Monday N/A Thursday N/A
Tuesday N/A Friday 12:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00 Sat-Sun N/A

Contact Details

Layla Smith, integrative movement psychotherapist, can be reached using the following:
Telephone: 07482 825725
Email: [email protected]

Clients Layla Smith Works With

Client Issues Layla Deals With

Therapy Modalities Layla uses With Clients

Training and Qualifications

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) supported by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.