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Olatunde Spence MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC Reg. BAAT Member. BACP (Member)

Manchester, Lancashire, M21
07947117106 07947117106 07947 117106 07947 117106 Registered / Accredited

About me

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou.

I would like to support you to tell your story. I am a trauma informed art psychotherapist.  I understand that difficult experiences in childhood or experiencing trauma as an adult can lead to periods of anxiety, low mood and feeling stuck.

Exploring your experiences, past and present can help you to move on and enjoy life in ways that may not have felt possible before. You can change your story!

As a trauma therapist, I know it can be frightening to revisit a traumatic event.  By using art therapy or EMDR, I will work with you to first of all manage your anxiety, work out what triggers your anxiety and help you to reduce the impact of distressing events in your life.

Resolving past traumas can create the space you need for healing, acceptance, and positive change.

Working together we can explore the issues you are facing, at your pace.

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. I am also a Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment practitioner (CATT)

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.

What is CATT?

Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment uses art materials and story telling, is an effective treatment for adults and children who have experienced a single trauma or multiple trauma's.

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


The British Association of Art Therapists

The British Association of Art Therapists

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Hearing Voices Approach
Community Connections

PGCE in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome Studies

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • EMDR
  • Group therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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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)

70.00 per hour for EMDR.

I do provide therapy for students and people on low incomes and have sliding scales of charges.

Further information


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 fortunate 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 guest's past and current mental and emotional state. .'
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).


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I work from a garden office which is not accessible but I can book an accessible venue locally to meet your needs


I am providing online appointments only Mondays - Friday daytime and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Olatunde Spence MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC Reg. BAAT Member. BACP (Member)

Olatunde Spence MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC Reg. BAAT Member. BACP (Member)

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