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.
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
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
Art Therapy£50.00 per hour
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It can help when it is difficult to find the words and talk about how you feel. Making art is therapeutic by itself – talking about your art can give you new insights and help you make sense of your feelings, thoughts, moods and negative voices.
EMDR£70.00 per hour
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.