Abi Spence

Abi Spence

Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Phone number
+44 (0) 7841162306

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Therapist - Pickering

Pickering YO18
+44 (0) 7841162306
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I am on leave until April 2022. After this, I will be working from Central London one day a week, and York and Pickering on the other working days. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about beginning therapy in any of these locations.

About me and my therapy practice

There are many reasons why you might decide to begin therapy. We are living during a time of great uncertainty, change and responsibility. Sometimes this can feel too much.  It could be that you need a bit of space each week to give anxieties, worries or difficult, private feelings an airing. Instead of offering solutions, diagnosis or advice, I can provide a safe, non- judgemental confidential space, separate from your family and social group. For 50 minutes, one day a week, you can be present and alive to your thoughts, feelings and sensations in a way that life can prevent us from being. 

My training and way of working is integrative, phenomenological, relational and psychodynamic. However, if those words don't mean anything to you, it doesn't matter too much. A key aspect for us working together effectively is whether you feel I am someone you can visualise yourself meeting with once (or possibly twice) a week.

In addition to the themes mentioned below, my ongoing areas of research include adult sibling difficulties, post natal anxiety and depression, and boarding school survivors. As well as an MA in integrative psychotherapy, I am also currently working toward my AMBICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) qualification. I work with individuals and couples going through fertility treatment or experiencing fertility issues, from problems conceiving to involuntary childlessness.

Practice description

I am on leave until April 2022. Otherwise, I work online via Zoom, and face to face in Pickering, North Yorkshire, York and Central London. 

My online fee is £60.00, otherwise my rates vary. Please contact me with any questions about fees or availability.

I have a limited number of low-cost weekly sessions available.

I offer short term (6-12 sessions) longer term (6 months to a year) or long term (over one year) work.

My first session

If you think I might be the right therapist for you, please contact me via any means that feels comfortable: email, voicemail or text are all fine. We begin by discussing the details: what time each week would suit you, what format the sessions will be in (face to face, online or walking/talking in nature) and fees. The next step is for us to meet for an initial consultation. There will be a reduced fee for this meeting, which is 50 minutes long. During this, we will discuss what has brought you to this point and what you can expect from therapy. 

The first session is also about getting to know each other to see if we are a good fit.  There is no obligation to make any commitment beyond this session.

If you would like to proceed after this meeting, we will pick a day and time each week for the therapy to begin. I offer short term work (6-12 sessions) longer term (6 months to a year) or without a fixed time for the therapy to come to an end.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited