Simon Spence - Counselling, Psychotherapy, & Supervision
I am a registered and senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have over twenty years experience of offering individual and group therapeutic support in varied settings, including private practice, palliative care, voluntary organisations, education, and NHS primary care. I am also a supervisor and occasional trainer of counsellors, counselling students and health & social care staff.
My work is grounded firmly in the person-centred approach, also benefitting from the insights of other ways of working.
I have a particular interest in issues relating to illness, death and dying; for those facing death, and for those facing a life changed by loss. Questions of meaning and spirituality are important to me. My website offers more information about me and my way of working.
I work in The Thwaite,* a quiet room set aside for counselling in an area very accessible to Edinburgh and also for those coming from elsewhere.
Corstorphine Hill, with its walled-garden and nature reserve, is a short walk away. Before or after our meetings you may wish to take the opportunity to take time for yourself in beautiful surroundings.
To minimise our meeting's carbon footprint, please consider coming by public transport; an easy bus ride from central Edinburgh, just minutes away from the Lothian Buses 26 route terminus.
If this is not possible and you need to come by car, there is ample parking available nearby and I am close to the main routes west and north.
I regret that my premises are not currently accessible by wheelchair. Alternative arrangements may be made by agreement.
* 'Thwaite' is a word of Norse origin, meaning a fertile and productive clearing
Training, qualifications & experience
After studying literature and philosophy and then living and working in community with adults with learning disabilities, my early professional life was in the worlds of education and social work. In the early 1990s I began my formal training in counselling and psychotherapy, first in Edinburgh and then in Glasgow. Ongoing training and education supports my practice.
If you would like to view the details of my training, please visit the 'About Simon' pages on my website.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Generally available on weekdays except Thursdays. First appointment 9.00am, last appointment 4.30pm. Very limited evening and weekend appointments.