Adrian Spencer, UKCP Accredited, BSc ( Hons) DIP Sup
My name is Adrian Spencer, thank you for viewing my page.
I am a UKCP accredited integrative Counsellor, with over 12 year's experience and having completed over 8000 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 and Psycho-Dynamic.
I carry out either short or long term work, between 6 -20 weeks for short term work, (CBT), or longer term work with perople 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 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 etc.) ---Mindfulness---Deep Release--- Creative Work, Personal and Spiritual Growth.
I believe the best long term results or healing for a client is achieved by having a solid and trusting relationship between the counsellor and the client, if there is little or no relationship the benefits to my client may be limited. Therefore, all of my work is confidential and non-judgemental, 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 either help/resolve current issues or re-discover--become aware of, our true self, I.E. the person who is often buried or lost under the bruises and difficult life experiences. Then, not only heal what is damaged or broken but also help you find a way through this difficult life, incorporating Inner Peace, Relaxation, Confidence, Wholeness, Personal and spiritual Growth.
I have recently teamed up with Marika, she brings her wide ranging experience to Counseling4you which in turn broadens the services we can offer to our clients. (Please see below for her details).
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 am a Deep Release Counsellor and Life Coach.
I have in excess of 8000 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 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 Certidficate.
I am currently working for a Diploma in Education & Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- 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 disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- 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
£35.00 per hour with possible consessions, please ask.
£40.00 per hour for Supervision.
£40.00 for couples or familiy counselling.
£45.00- £90.00 for EMDR counselling depending on each individual case.
(these will be either 60 minutes or 90 mins in duration)
Most sessions are for 1 hour but they can, depending on the nature of the issue be up to 2 hours. ( this would be arranged prior to each session)
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 integrative 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 alliance.
General opinion holds that there are three main schools of thought; Psychodynamic, Humanistic/Existential and Cognitive/ Behavioural. Considering the clients uniqueness, remaining in a purist approach in my mind would be doing a disservice to myself and my client. 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|
Our working hours are: 8.30 am until 8.00 pm Monday to Friday 9 am until 1 on Saturday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified Supervisor and a CPCAB qualified trainer for the level 5 Diploma in Counselling Supervision Course.