Dr Dimitrina Spencer
(MSc, MA, DPhil)
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I offer warm, respectful and non-judgemental understanding and a wide range of solutions. I will work with you in the way that best suits your needs and goals. For fourteen years, I have worked with clients privately and in counselling agencies in Oxford, London and Swindon. In my private practice, I work with individual clients, couples and families who have wide-ranging goals, including:
- Healing traumas
- Relieving anxiety and fear
- Understanding and healing trauma and PTSD
- Going through a spiritual crisis
- Finding a way out of depression, fear and panic, or re-traumatising experiences
- Working through complex, difficult or painful situations and relationships
- Overcoming the fear of failure as a parent and reconnecting with your child in a loving way
- Living with or caring for loved ones with dyslexia, autism and behavioural challenges
- Homeschooling effectively and with joy
- Supporting and loving a traumatised child
- Resolving the couple’s challenges and conflict
- Understanding and managing anger and rage
- Coming to terms with bereavement and loss
- Managing change and coming to decisions involving stressful events
- Dealing with life-stage transitions and personal identity
- Cultural adaptation
- Understanding and controlling addictive behaviours
- Changing familiar patterns, habits and life-style;
- Enhancing one’s creative potential and learning skills
- Coaching and mentoring in the workplace.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with individual therapy clients and groups since October 2006. I have worked privately and for therapy agencies in Oxford, London and Swindon. For three years, I worked for a counselling agency run by the Oxfordshire County Council. Since 2010 I have delivered workshops and training programmes focusing on healing trauma in the UK as well as in Europe.
I specialise in Systemic and Family Constellations Work (SCW), which is an extremely effective, solution-oriented method particularly with regards to trauma. I work with groups and individuals and I run a training course in SCW in the UK and abroad.
In addition, in 2008 I completed four years of training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, London and obtained a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Studies. I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. I still teach there part-time. My most recent research focused on understanding the emotional experiences of researchers at work and how those enhanced or hindered academic creativity. I am particularly interested in emotions in the work place. I also have an MSc in History and Anthropology and an MA in Race and Ethnic Studies. My publications include the co-edited volumes: Emotions in the Field (Stanford UP) and Anthropological Fieldwork - a Relational Process (Cambridge Scholars Press).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am particularly keen to work with relational issues of all kinds, focusing on fear, anxiety or traumatic and post-traumatic experiences affecting individuals or whole families.
£55 per 50 min session once or twice weekly as requested. Certain concessions available.
The Systemic Constellations Work (SCW) sessions cost £90 for 90 minutes, or £120 for two hours. Please specify when you book if you are interested in weekly counselling or in Systemic Constellations Work.
When I work
Please contact me for available session times.
Please contact me via email or telephone if you wish to have a trial session or to find out more about counselling, psychotherapy or what the sessions involve. I usually see my clients at the same time and day once a week for 50 min. With Systemic Family Constellations Work, the sessions are longer (usually between 90-120 min) and they may be less frequent depending on the specific situation.