My name is Olatunde Spence, I run Akoma Healing H’Arts using creativity to connect, inspire and heal. I am a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist and youth and community development worker based in Manchester
I have lived experience of emotional and psychological distress.
I have worked with children in schools and youth clubs and with adults in community settings who have experienced difficulties in their lives e.g. bullying, loss, trauma, depression, childhood abuse, working with groups and individuals to promote health and wellbeing through creativity and connection.
I have provided support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, long term physical health problems, negative or distressing voices, parenting and relationship conflicts.
As a therapist I am committed to working with individuals and groups who have experienced adversity, isolation and discrimination. Bringing people together to share life experiences, and stories, reduces isolation, develop resilience and improves health and wellbeing.
I am HCPC registered, fully insured, a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists and a Member of Black and Asian Therapists Network.
I am an active member of Action For M.E. the UK’s leading charity for people affected by the long-term, disabling condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), sometimes diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or M.E./CFS).
I also offer EMDR therapy. What is EMDR?
‘Late last year, we were fortunate enough to work alongside Ms Olatunde Spence for a documentary on mental health and wellbeing in professional sport. .
Having previously suffered from depression, our guest was treated with extreme care by Ms Spence. She was supportive in her approach, as well as friendly and sensitive to our guests past and current mental and emotional state. Throughout the session, Ms Spence remained effortlessly caring and gentle, taking her time to help the guest to understand art therapy and its benefits and how to go about working on their piece of art, introducing them to art materials and encouraging their creativity. Liberty Media would highly recommend Ms Spence as an art therapist and for any media projects”. Liberty Media Productions
“The art therapy sessions allowed me to rekindle my creative and innovative self which had been suppressed by numerous life issues and experiences. It provided me with a platform to stop, think and reflect on my journey in life and to reprocess all my worries and concerns to move forward with my life.” Counselling student.