Olatunde Spence MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC Reg. BAAT Member. BACP (Member)
Hi, I am Olatunde, I have specialist training in trauma, art therapy, autism and Asperger's Syndrome. I have experience of work with Black and Asian groups and individuals to provide culturally sensitive therapy .
I run Akoma Healing H’Arts with the aim to use creativity to connect, inspire and heal.
In times of crisis we can all feel overwhelmed. Akoma Healing H’Arts provides a space for you to work on your difficulties and find creative solutions.
I believe a trauma-informed approach can help to reduce the impact of difficult life events so that you can continue to grow and thrive.
Trauma can affect you in different ways, you may:-
- Struggle with poor sleep
- Have panic attacks
- Be irritable or snappy
- Feel like your have no control over your mood
If you would like to talk about the difficulties you are facing you can email or call me to book an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist and EMDR Therapist with expertise and lived experience of autism.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses art and creative expression to help people explore their thoughts and emotions in a unique way.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing is a therapy that is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. I am a member of the following professional organisations:-
- British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
- Health and Care Professional Council registered (HCPC)
I provide support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, long term physical health problems, negative or distressing voices. I am a member of the International Hearing Voices Movement .
I am based in South Manchester
For more information please contact me by email.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Hearing Voices Approach
PGCE in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Studies
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I provide a free 30 minute consultation and if you need an hour I will provide this at half the cost of an hourly session.
I charge £50.00 per hour for Art Therapy
£90.00 per 1.5 hours for group sessions for art psychotherapy (max 5 people)
75.00 per hour for EMDR.
I do provide therapy for students and people on low incomes and have sliding scales of charges.
I highly recommend Olatunde, she is an exceptional psychotherapist and has been wholly present with me in a deeply holding and professional manner, I began trauma therapy with her two years ago for adverse childhood experiences and at the beginning of our journey together Olatunde drew a picture of herself and I holding hands at the bottom of a mountain and she said together we will climb to the top and down the other side and I won’t let go of your hand and to this day she has remained true to her word.
‘Late last year, we were forunate enough to work alongside Ms Olatunde Spence for a documentary on mental health and wellbeing in professional sport.
Having previously suffered from depression, our guest was treated with extreme care by Ms Spence. She was supportive in her approach, as well as friendly and sensitive to our guests past and current mental and emotional state. Throughout the session, Ms Spence remained effortlessly caring and gentle, taking her time to help the guest to understand art therapy and its benefits and how to go about working on their piece of art, introducing them to art materials and encouraging their creativity.'
Liberty Media Productions
"The art therapy sessions allowed me to rekindle my creative and innovative self which had been suppressed by numerous life issues and experiences. It provided me with a platform to stop, think and reflect on my journey in life and to reprocess all my worries and concerns to move forward with my life(Counselling student).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays 11.00- 6.00
Thurs and Fridays
Types of client