Adrian Spencer, UKCP Accredited, BSc ( Hons) DIP Sup
My name is Adrian Spencer, thank you for viewing my page.
During the COVID-19 situation, the restrictions and the exceedingly difficult times we are all experiencing, I am reducing my fees for counselling to £35.00 per hour, (£45.00 for EMDR). At the moment I am still seeing clients face to face but expect that to change imminently. When this is not possible I will revert to Phone, Skype or Zoom. If you have any questions please ring and I will do my best to help you.
I am a UKCP accredited integrative Counsellor, with over 16 year's experience and having completed over 15000 supervised clinical hours,
I am trained as an Integrative Counsellor/Therapist, where my core belief and work is based in the Person Centred--Humanistic approach. My framework also includes the other main counselling models, CBT, Gestalt, Creative and Psycho-Dynamic.
I work with people in both the short or long term, between 6 -20 weeks for short term work, (CBT--Mindfullness etc), or longer term work with people who have more difficult and deeper issues.
My integrated approach allows me to work holistically with the Mind Body & Spirit. This enables flexibility, where I can vary my counselling experience and skills around my clients and their unique and individual needs. .
In addition to the more general type of Counselling/Therapy, I incorporate working with Unresolved Body Pain-- Life Coaching---EMDR (for Trauma, OCD, Phobias, Panic Attacks etc.) ---Mindfulness---Deep Release--- Creative Work and Personal Growth.
I work towards the best long term benefits for people and believe this is possible when the therapeutic relationship is built on openness and honesty, where anything can be shared and is respected, no matter what. If there is little or no relationship/collaboration, the benefits to my clients may be limited. Therefore, all of my work is confidential and non-judgemental, it is offered in a safe and warm room where the priorities are compassion, empathy and unconditional positive regard.
I work to the UKCP/BACP code of ethics and my service is available to any one, regardless of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation or colour.
My experience and training is wide ranging, working with Children, Young People, Adults, Families and Couples. I have specific training and experience with Couples (Relationship), Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fear, OCD, Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Different kinds of Trauma, PTSD, Dissociation, DID, (formally known as MPD), as well as Phobias, Hoarding, Anger, Anger Management and Attachment issues.
My personal philosophy is very much aligned to my counselling one. This is to help resolve/heal current or past issues, re-discover or become aware of, our true self, I.E. the person who is often buried or lost in life's difficult journey and experiences. Then, not only heal what is damaged, unresolved or broken but also help you find a more functional path through your life life, assisting Inner Peace, Relaxation, Confidence, Wholeness and nuturing personal growth.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will be pleased to help you in any way I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP accredited pychotherapeutic counsellor.
I have 3 Diplomas and a BSc(Hons) in Integrative Counselling.
A level 5 (intermediate) Diploma in Supervision.
I am a EMDR clinician.
I have trained as Deep Release Counsellor and Life Coach.
I have over 16 years experience in counselling and in excess of 15000 supervised counselling hours, working in most areas of emotional distress, increasingly in Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Marriage/Relationships, Food Disorders, OCD, Self worth/confidence and Anger related problems.
I have specific training in Trauma Related Areas including DID, PTSD, Dissociation, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Ritual Abuse and SRA.
I have training in Sensory Motor Psychotherapy.
I have a certificate in training and education, I am also a registered CACAB trainer and train counsellors and professionals in Attachment, Mindfullness, Boundaries, Inner Child, Creative Listening, Anger/ Anger management in families and individuals and the Care Certificate.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Compulsive Hoarding, Post Cancer, Phobias, Marriage/ relationship Counselling, Mindfulness,
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
£45.00 per hour for individual counselling, (face to face, phone or Skype/Zoom.
£45.00 per hour for Supervision.
£45.00 for couples or familiy counselling.
£40.00 for young people under 16
Most counselling sessions are up to 1 hour,
Depending on the nature of your counselling needs, I do offer sessions of 90 minutes or 2 hours. (This would be arranged prior to each session).
£60.00 per hour for EMDR.
(These can be either 60 or 90 minutes in duration)
The theoretical concepts supporting my thinking are drawn together from various aspects of the three main schools of thought, Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Cognitive/Behavioural. Theories, humans and personalities constantly evolve, as do relationships. A fruitful, workable integrative framework and practice is a journey, never standing still, constantly developing and evolving. This framework remains flexible, moving this way or that by observing and keeping personal, moral and professional codes of ethics.
I do not think there is only one right counselling approach, firstly due to the many schools of thought, secondly, the complexity of humanity and infinite life experiences. If only two theories were available, each therapeutic outcome would differ; dependent not just the theory but the unique experiences brought into the therapeutic relationship.
General opinion holds that there are three main schools of thought; Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Cognitive/ Behavioural. Considering the clients uniqueness, remaining in one purist approach, in my mind would be doing a disservice to my clients. Different therapists interpret approaches in differing ways and clients have their own individual requirements which may change over time.
In my view the human condition cannot be viewed in one dimension, in a holistic approach every dimension is acknowledged and explored. One person's truth is another's un-truth and people learn and express themselves in different ways. A client, who is left brained, may work well with the logical, linear style of CBT but imagery, metaphor and symbols make no sense and visa versa.
All schools have strengths and weaknesses with over lapping areas, none possess the whole truth but they all have the common denominator of relationship. Even the Psychoanalysts in some cases have softened, moving away from the classical analytic style towards a more relational approach.
I have looked across the benefits and limitations of each school and put together a flexible framework which suits my style of counselling and personality. However, I am aware that blending differing orientations may not always be compatible. I try to identify core concepts and combine them to form a cohesive theoretical model, looking for similarities and resonances which make sense to me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My working hours are, 8.00 AM until 7.00 PM Monday to Friday, Saturdays by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been a qualified Supervisor for the over 6 years and have a BSc Hons in Integrative Counselling which is both Person Centered and Creative Based.