It is a joy to be hidden,
and a disaster not to be found
– D.W. Winnicott
My name is James Spiers. I am a registered integrative psychotherapist (MBACP) working in private practice, and a final year trainee Counselling Psychologist on a BPS accredited and HCPC approved doctoral training programme at York St John University (DCounsPsy).
My doctoral thesis is focussed on understanding access barriers to mainstream psychological services for people whose identities include gender and sexual diversity. My clinical practice is LGBTQ+ affirming and I recognise the impact that social discrimination and prejudice can have on both physical and psychological health.
My career in mental health
Following a major career change, I began in 2013 as a therapy assistant in the private sector, joining the NHS in Community Mental Health (CMHT) in 2015, whilst completing my first degree in Psychology.
In 2016 I joined the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, first completing the post graduate training in Low Intensity Psychological Intervention and later undertaking the Low Intensity Clinical Supervisor training at the University of Sheffield. I have since gained the required academic, personal therapy and supervised clinical patient hours (level 8) to qualify for registered membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My training as a psychologist has been within the NHS. My placements include primary and secondary care mental health and am currently working with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) in a specialist Neurology Psychotherapy service. Please note, for ethical reasons, I am unable to accept private psychotherapy referrals from patients who are currently waiting to see me in the NHS, are currently in treatment or have recently been treated by me in the NHS.