Spencer Barron has tested the skillset of the Person-Centred approach remaining within its confines so its limitations become clearer. He’s guided by something Carl Rogers calls presence – always a surprise when when he feels it in the counselling relationship. Aware he is alone, he understands the aloneness of all, giving rise to compassion and empathy, grounding him in a genuine interest and curiosity in the client. He sees his role primarily to be a good listener, his intuition is simply to let the client talk, allowing them to initiate the areas they want to explore.
Spencer spends a lot of his time in the community working with disadvantaged adults and children with learning disabilities. This has given rise to a non-judgemental and open attitude, valuing and respecting clients for who they are as a person rather than a set of symptoms. Spencer has worked with clients suffering abuse, addiction, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, guilt and shame, isolation and loneliness, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress syndrome, rape, self-harm, stress, suicidal thoughts, child and adult trauma.
Spencer Barron is a humanistic and integrative counsellor and is registered with the BACP. He works within The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service in Wandsworth. Spencer is currently working towards an advanced diploma in Humanistic Integrative counselling.