James Spiers

It is a joy to be hidden,

and a disaster not to be found

D.W. Winnicott

About me

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.

James Spiers


BSc (Hons) Psychology

PGc Low Intensity CBT (IAPT)

Clinical Supervisor (LICBT)

DCounsPsy (Current)

I have completed a further 2 years of core (level 8) psychotherapy training as part of my doctorate, conferring eligibility for registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

NHS Experience (2013 – Current)

Forensic Inpatient Services (mental health)

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

My NHS clinical training placements include:

Primary Care Psychology (mental health)

Secondary Care Psychology (mental health)

Specialist Psychotherapy – Functional Neurological Disorder (Neurology)

For ethical reasons, I am unable to accept private 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.

Additional Training and Continuous Professional Development

Attachment Based Dynamic Therapy for Functional Neurological Disorder: Masterclass – ISTDP North

Attachment and Psychodynamic Perspectives on Self-Criticism – ISTDP North

Attachment Based Psychodynamic Therapy: Clinical Workshop Series – ISTDP North

Enactments: A Psychodynamic and Attachment Perspective ISTDP North

Working with Avoidant Attachments: A Clinical Seminar – ISTDP North

Pluralism: Navigating Change in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Online Events