Simon Spence is a person-centred therapist who has helped performing arts clients manage and overcome a range of problems relating to and impacting on their creative practice, working together to develop a supportive therapeutic relationship. His approach is enriched by other methodologies, such as Cognitive, Behavioural, and Affective Therapy. Whilst not a professional artist himself, he comes from a family of musicians and has an insightful understanding of the issues faced by those working in the performing arts.
“I am particularly sensitive to the need of people with neuro-atypical conditions. I have considerable experience in working with issues relating to illness and disability, death, dying, and bereavement. I am gay-affirmative. Other issues with which I have substantial experience of working include: recovery from traumatic experience (including abuse and coercive relationships in childhood and in adult life); problems with anxiety and depression; exploring questions of personal meaning and direction in life.”
Simon is a registered and senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and has over twenty-five years experience of offering individual and group therapeutic support in varied settings, including private practice, palliative care, voluntary organisations, education and NHS primary care. He is also a supervisor and occasional trainer of counsellors, counselling students and health & social care staff. In addition to that he is a member of COSCA – Scotland’s professional body for Counselling & Psychotherapy.