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Olatunde Spence

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About Olatunde Spence

I am a trauma informed Art Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist . I work in schools and in private practice. I have experience of working with autistic people, children and adults. I also have experience of working with Black and Asian groups and individuals to provide culturally sensitive therapy.


  • I specialise in working with the impact of traumatic events. Trauma can be a one off experience like a car accident or can be related to childhood experiences of abuse, loss, bullying, divorce or illness.


Everyone of us will experience difficulties in life - for some these events can have a long lasting impact. My aim is to support people to overcome traumatic events, reduce symptoms and find more balance in life.  Some common responses to trauma include

  • Shock, denial, or disbelief.

  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating.

  • Anger, irritability, mood swings.

  • Anxiety and fear.

  • Guilt, shame, self-blame.

  • Withdrawing from others.

  • Feeling sad or hopeless.

  • Feeling disconnected or numb


Trauma informed ways of working can help you to reduce symptoms and feel more in control of your responses and reactions to life's difficulties.

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Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Child related issues
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Hearing voices
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mental health
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychosis
  • Trauma
  • Work related stress

Experience

  • Parents as Partners Group Facilitator  (Feb, 2014 - Mar, 2016)

    Family Action and Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships

    To facilitate a group work programme for couples experiencing conflicts within their relationship and its impact on their children To promote and deliver the Parents as Partners 16 week Group Work programme to couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship to improve communication, resolve conflicts and improve outcomes for their children

  • Community Development and Wellbeing Worker  (Sep, 2012 - Feb, 2014)

    BlueSCI

    To support wellbeing initiatives in local Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Trafford by providing grants and support to groups and individuals working to increase wellbeing through a wide range of activities and initiatives.

  • Equalities Co-ordinator   (Jan, 2012 - Dec, 2014)

    Mind - Time to Change

    To develop strategic role for TTC for BME African and African Caribbean Communities challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health

  • Volunteer Psychological Therapist   (Sep, 2015 - Jul, 2017)

    Freedom from Torture

    To provide long term therapeutic support to children and young people who are victims of torture and seeking asylum .

  • Associate Psychotherapist  (May, 2014 - Dec, 2019)

    Just Psychology

    To provide culturally appropriate psychotherapy interventions to families

  • Self Employed School Based Art Therapist  (May, 2016 - Dec, 2019)

    Akoma Healing HArts

    To provide art therapy support to students with a diagnosis of autism in specialist resource provision within a mainstream secondary school. To undertake assessment of students for suitability for an art therapy intervention; liaise with parents, teachers, support staff and external agencies. Provide one to one therapeutic sessions and support students

Education

  • Masters Degree - Art Psychotherapy  (Dec, 2019 - Dec, 2019)

    Leeds Beckett University

    HCPC registration is a legal requirement for practice in the UK, as an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist. A Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy is needed to work in a variety of settings, including the NHS, social services, mainstream schools, special schools and community organisations & Mental Health and includes studying : Theories for Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy Studio-Based Training Groups, Reflective Practice & Workshops Adapting Art Therapy / Art Psychotherapy Practice for Different Contexts Synthesis of Art, Psychotherapy & Practice

  • EMDR Training Parts 1,2,3  (Dec, 2019 - Dec, 2019)

    The EMDR Academy

    Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and transformational psychotherapy that is recommended by NICE and many other international bodies for the treatment of PTSD. More recently the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also endorsed it for the treatment of PTSD in both adults and children, on the back of huge amounts of scientific evidence proving its efficacy. Alongside PTSD there are many published peer reviewed studies showing its effectiveness with a very large range of mental health conditions including phobias, different anxiety disorders, grief, low self-esteem, complex trauma, chronic pain amongst others

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Aspergers Syndrome  (Mar, 2020 - Jan, 2019)

    Sheffield Hallam University

Prices/Services List

Art Therapy£50.00 per hour

EMDR£70.00 per hour

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